This discussion on the 'Internet influence on rural development' is becoming
I think there is no doubt about the usefulness of IT in rural development. As DrHeeks pointed out, the question is about prioritisation. You don't need to come
from a rural area to understand the priorities there, nevertheless may I ask how many of us have direct rural experience. I happen to come from a rural area.
Just for a moment think you are one of seven children of a family living in a
village with no school, no clinic, no roads, and at times no food. What would
you do to help the village if you had an opportunity. Certainly not interent
access as a priority, though, technologically possible.
I agree with Frank Humphreys earlier post and also with Clement's letter to America, that all these initiatives of wiring Africa or whatever need to be treated with a degree of scepticism. Personally, I prefer to see the money spent
in other relevant developmental projects.