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Knowledge community: integrating ICT into social development in developing economies

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Technology and social change are interdependent. The information technology (IT) revolution has redefined social equation shifting the focus from material to knowledge power. While developed countries have harnessed their resources with the growth of knowledge societies, the developing and least developed countries have lagged behind in progress. In this paper, the authors have examined the roles of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT), government and international agencies and human-centered approaches to arrive at a conceptual model of knowledge community in developing countries. This paper explores need for knowledge community in developing countries to suggest an integrative framework to harness local knowledge.

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Purani, K., Nair, S. Knowledge community: integrating ICT into social development in developing economies. AI & Soc 21, 329–345 (2007). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00146-006-0063-4

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Keywords

  • Collaborative social development
  • Collective learning
  • Human-centered approach
  • Knowledge community
  • Nodal center for entrepreneurship