Dan Getachew writes thusly:
> Good Day and Happy Ethiopian New Year,
On this the second day of 1990, it is a bit harder to concentrate
for some reason, but fortunately the weekend is upon us...
> The advantages of being connected to the greater Internet community
> is immense and I am sure that no one will disagree it is a necessary
> and vital tool to bring any and all developments to the country.
Perhaps so, but how necessary and how vital?
Some have responded to my original comment requesting suggestions on
ways to "value" participation, suggesting that we are "beyond"
debates about value, and that we should just get on with the task of
furthering access to the Internet.
But I would argue that there are competing demands for funds, so we
need to know the degree to which individuals, organizations, and even
society values the services that the Internet brings.
If I had $100 to spend, should I spend it on Internet access for an
agricultural research station or on the salary of an extension agent
working directly with farmers? Should I purchase a modem for a pest
management resource center or a sterilizing unit for a hospital?
In addressing these choices it is not enough to say that the Internet
is valuable. How valuable is it? And to whom?
Personally I generally agree with Dan's comment above. But there
are certainly those who disagree. I'm now on the hunt for firmer
evidence to support one side or the other. Anyone else have any
clues? What is the value of participation? Anyone got a paradigm
in their pocket?
Jeff @ Addis Ababa
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