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1–2). 8. Kiri & Menon (2006) define ‘a rural kiosk as one or more computer(s), with Internet connectivity, offering ICT-enabled services aimed at providing information access, means of communication and developmental mechanisms for the rural population’. 9. Antin (2006) define ‘kiosk/telecentre projects as those which provide access to information technologies and related services, and have become an important vehicle for delivering the benefits of ICTs to the developing world’. 10. ‘Telecentres are tools for development across sectors’ (Fillip & Foote, 2007, p.
Despite the intuitive appeal of open systems, the negative effects of network economies make its spread and acceptance among large number of users difficult as they encounter issues of compatibility and standards. Overall dependencies of developing countries are further reinforced when Western aid agencies linked financial aid to good governance (Wade, 2002, p. 444). The emphasis on digitalizing government functions and processes in many ways channelize investments from bilateral and multilateral agencies to technology providers and system integrators.
50). g. see Boas, Dunning & Bussell, 2005), the state actually played a key role in its development (Joseph, 2002). Specifically, the recommendations put forth by the National Task Force on IT and Software Development in 1998 (http://it-taskforce. html) was instrumental in harnessing India’s competitive advantages like its pool of technically qualified and English-speaking workforce, low labour costs and 12-hour time difference between India and US and positioning the country as a ‘software superpower’.