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Holmes, WN 2003 , 'The Digital Divide, the UN, and the Computing Profession' , Computer, vol. 36, no. 12 , 144, 142-143 , doi: 10.1109/MC.2003.1250898.

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This essay is an examination of and a commentary on the United Nations' World Summit on the Information Society in 2003 December held to adopt a declaration that embodies, in its draft form at least, "the ambitious vision" of "bridging the Digital Divide". It is critical of the Summit and applies the traditional principles of systems analysis to reach quite different conclusions than those foreshadowed for the Summit. The problem is seen as inequity and the Digital Divide merely as a symptom of the problem. George Soros' views on the global capitalist system's deficiencies are taken as a starting point for an examination of the role of digital technology in the poorer nations of the world.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Holmes, WN
Keywords: United Nations, digital divide, systems analysis, inequality, poverty, global capitalism, information society
Journal or Publication Title: Computer
ISSN: 0018-9162
DOI / ID Number: 10.1109/MC.2003.1250898
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A more formal version of this essay was published as essay 6.2 in the author's book "Computers and People" (Wiley, 2006). This material is presented to ensure timely dissemination of scholarly and technical work. Copyright and all rights therein are retained by authors or by other copyright holders. All persons copying this information are expected to adhere to the terms and constraints invoked by each author's copyright. In most cases, these works may not be reposted without the explicit permission of the copyright holder.

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