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Bill Gates versus Che Guevara

Are you an enthusiast or skeptic in the technology and development debate?


[essay] "We have computers, but we are still illiterate," sighs Hernán. He is a teacher at a public high school in Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, and is apparently skeptical of President Leonel Fernández's focus on information and communications technology (ICT). Fernández is known for being a sign of spreading the use of ICT in the country, and has among others ensured that students at all the public advanced schools in the country have access to computers and the internet.

In recent years, ICT has spread rapidly around the world, and this has created a lively debate that stretches between two outer edges. On the one hand, there are ICT enthusiasts, who believe that the wave of new technology has the potential to bring both economic and human development to most developing countries. They like to have Bill Gates as an idol, and their favorite example is the high-tech district of Bangalore in India – proof that one can actually create advanced technology centers anywhere in the world.

On the other hand, ICT skeptics are protesting against the fact that these new technologies actually have so much new to bring to developing countries. On the contrary, the effect of this technology is likely to be that rich countries, which already control the vast majority of the world's technological resources, will have an even greater technological edge. . .

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