Third World Citizens And The Information Technology Revolution

Hardcover | November 15, 2010

byNivien Saleh

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This book challenges the widely held view that the information technology revolution has been a blessing for citizens of the Third World. It shows how the governments and corporations of the industrialized countries created the global IT regime by systematically excluding Third World representatives and their visions of the information society. Then these same actors pressured Third World societies to abide by the new international regime.  Using Egypt as a case study, the book explains from a critical realist perspective how Third World peoples are being deprived of the essential human right to shape new rules that govern their lives.

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This book challenges the widely held view that the information technology revolution has been a blessing for citizens of the Third World. It shows how the governments and corporations of the industrialized countries created the global IT regime by systematically excluding Third World representatives and their visions of the information...

Nivien Saleh is an Assistant Professor of International Studies at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas. She received her PhD from American University and her MA from the University of Freiburg, Germany. She has published articles on the Middle East policy of the European Union and on critical realist research methodology.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:294 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.69 inPublished:November 15, 2010Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230103642

ISBN - 13:9780230103641

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Table of Contents

A Humanist Approach to Globalization * Part 1: The Rules of the Game Are Forged * Telephony for the Global Economy * Introducing the Internet * Part 2: The Rules of the Game Are Enforced * Bringing Poor Economies in Line * Egypt in the World Economy * Creditors Close In * The Telecom Monopolist * Egypt’s IT Stakeholders * A New Ministry for an Old Country * Part 3: Lessons * Inferences from the Egyptian Case * Epilogue

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“I am blown away. The book is engaging and well written, theoretically grounded, and rich in empirical detail. It will make an immediate contribution to our understanding of global governance processes for information and communication technologies.”--Derrick L. Cogburn, Associate Professor of International Relations, International Communication Program, School of International Service, American University, and editor of the Palgrave series Information Technology and Global Governance “Nivien Saleh has written a brilliant and long overdue account of how information technology and communication, far from liberating and democratizing the world, tend far more to serve the interests of corporations and those sitting atop the global political economy. This is a very good book by a promising young writer.”--Robert W. McChesney, co-author, The Death and Life of American Journalism  “In this engaging book Saleh successfully lays to rest the wrong-headed notion that the IT revolution is a great equalizer between rich and poor. Instead the rules of the international game and the way they are enforced put poor countries like Egypt at a great disadvantage. For the majority of the people in a globalizing world the IT revolution is a non-revolution.”--Peter J. Katzenstein, Walter S. Carpenter, Jr. Professor of International Studies, Cornell University  “Saleh’s study is a welcome addition to the stream of literature on private market-oriented globalization. It makes a compelling case for re-thinking economic development and citizens’ empowerment and autonomy in cosmopolitan-democratic terms.”--Heikki Patomäki, Professor of International Relations, University of Helsinki  “Saleh has written an important, well documented, and very readable book that contests the prevalent assumption that globalization is all to the good. Her focus sweeps from a Houston televangelist whose books sell in 25 languages to the people of Egypt and other poor countries, to whom the information technology revolution has not brought the ‘empowerment’ that many authors proclaim. One may question what motives lie behind globalization, but Saleh's description of the often negative consequences is grounded in hard fact.”--Peter Bridges, former executive secretary of the U.S. Treasury Department and ambassador to Somalia