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New Technologies in Developing Societies

From Theory to Practice


Part of the Palgrave Studies in Communication for Social Change book series (PSCSC)

Table of contents

About this book


New technologies may have transformed human societies, but not much has been written on how they are impacting people in Africa and other developing regions, in terms of how they use technology to enhance their socioeconomic conditions in everyday life. This book critically examines these issues from theoretical, practical and policy perspectives.


New technologies Developing societies Africa Theory Practice Development Mobile phones Socioeconomic development Digital divide Digital poverty Internet Indigenous knowledge Intellectual property rights Social media Citizen journalism Participatory communication Democracy Public sphere Public service broadcasting Ethnographic research AIDS broadcasting communication online public service broadcasting service technology Tradition

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of QueenslandAustralia

About the authors

Levi Obijiofor (PhD) is Senior Lecturer in Journalism at the School of Communication and Arts, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia. His research focuses on the impact of technologies on journalistic practices, foreign news reporting across cultures, journalism education, and the impact of technologies on developing countries. He teaches journalism and communication courses.

Bibliographic information


“The book clearly communicates multiple theoretical positions in the field, and summarises well several pertinent empirical studies. In particular, the predominant focus on contemporary African media dynamics provides a useful and welcome contribution to a field too often dominated by exclusively Western priorities.” (Thomas Owen, Communication Research and Practice, Vol. 2 (1), 2016)