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Third World Citizens and the Information Technology Revolution (Information Technology and Global Governance) (Hardcover)

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This book challenges the widely held view that the information technology revolution has been a blessing for citizens of the Third World. It shows how the governments and corporations of the industrialized countries created the global IT regime by systematically excluding Third World representatives and their visions of the information society. Then these same actors pressured Third World societies to abide by the new international regime. Using Egypt as a case study, the book explains from a critical realist perspective how Third World peoples are being deprived of the essential human right to shape new rules that govern their lives.

About the Author

NIVIEN SALEH Assistant Professor of International Studies at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas, USA.

Praise For…

“I am blown away. The book is engaging and well written, theoretically grounded, and rich in empirical detail. It will make an immediate contribution to our understanding of global governance processes for information and communication technologies.”--Derrick L. Cogburn, Associate Professor of International Relations, International Communication Program, School of International Service, American University, and editor of the Palgrave series Information Technology and Global Governance


“Nivien Saleh has written a brilliant and long overdue account of how information technology and communication, far from liberating and democratizing the world, tend far more to serve the interests of corporations and those sitting atop the global political economy. This is a very good book by a promising young writer.”--Robert W. McChesney, co-author, The Death and Life of American Journalism 


“In this engaging book Saleh successfully lays to rest the wrong-headed notion that the IT revolution is a great equalizer between rich and poor. Instead the rules of the international game and the way they are enforced put poor countries like Egypt at a great disadvantage. For the majority of the people in a globalizing world the IT revolution is a non-revolution.”--Peter J. Katzenstein, Walter S. Carpenter, Jr. Professor of International Studies, Cornell University 


“Saleh’s study is a welcome addition to the stream of literature on private market-oriented globalization. It makes a compelling case for re-thinking economic development and citizens’ empowerment and autonomy in cosmopolitan-democratic terms.”--Heikki Patomäki, Professor of International Relations, University of Helsinki


 “Saleh has written an important, well documented, and very readable book that contests the prevalent assumption that globalization is all to the good. Her focus sweeps from a Houston televangelist whose books sell in 25 languages to the people of Egypt and other poor countries, to whom the information technology revolution has not brought the ‘empowerment’ that many authors proclaim. One may question what motives lie behind globalization, but Saleh's description of the often negative consequences is grounded in hard fact.”--Peter Bridges, former executive secretary of the U.S. Treasury Department and ambassador to Somalia

Product Details
ISBN: 9780230103641
ISBN-10: 0230103642
Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
Publication Date: January 19th, 2011
Pages: 273
Language: English
Series: Information Technology and Global Governance
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