ASSIGNMENT 05 – EUP1501
BASED ON THE CASE STUDIES
1. CAN ICTs BE INNOVATIVELY USED IN THE ABSENCE OF MINIMUM LITERACY LEVELS AMONG THE POOR?
Information and communication technology (ICTs) is a technology that has revolutionized communication. It’s a term used to describe both modern and old forms of communication ranging from the radios and telephoned to the modern technologies such as the internet and mobile communications.
NO ICTs cannot be used in the absence of minimum literacy levels among the poor, because deploying ICTs at the grassroots levels presents a number of major challenges. Given the present physical, financial and linguistic access constraints, there is urgent need to improve the conditions for equitable and affordable access, through which the benefits of the information age are distributed some of the challenges faced in implementing ICTs at the grassroots level include the following:
The telecommunication and electricity infrastructure in developing countries is lacking or is poorly developed in rural areas Satellite and wireless technologies are now in used in some developing countries, but these are largely developed around urban cities. The initial capital for using these alternative technology is very high.
Policy and legal structures are lacking
Issues regarding legislation and regulation pose mounting challenges as ICTs application continue to be developed in many areas of the world. In most developing countries the formulation and implementation of policies in the ICTs sector is still very rudimentary and the situation calls for an integrated set of laws, regulations and guidelines that shape the generation, acquisition and utilization of ICTs. Most countries lack policies and strategies and facilitate the harnessing of new ICTs for Rural development and where policies have been formulated, proper implementation plans review strategies.
High telecommunication costs in most developing countries have been a...
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