[WSIS CS-Plenary] The Economist on the 'real digital divide'
Bill.McIver at nrc-cnrc.gc.ca
Tue Mar 15 12:45:42 GMT 2005
Respectfully, I made no such assertions nor arguments
regarding the denial of benefits of these technologies to anyone.
Nabil El-Khodari wrote:
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>I agree with Rik Panganiban and have issues with WJM assertions. Let
>us not forget that by proper use of the technology, fishermen can
>have access to important information that would actually not only
>increase their sea harvest, but also save their lives in emergencies.
>information like weather condition and market prices (including
>foreign markets) would increase their ability to negotiate better
>prices with middle-men.
>I believe it is WJM who have a myopic vision on 'cost' rather than
>benefit - if properly used as it has been in some ICT projects. Who
>are we to deny the benefits to poor people? Even those who are
>malnourished would stand a chance of a better life is they can master
>even typing skills using computers.
Bill McIver, Ph.D
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