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by Shakti, United Kingdom Oct 29, 2003
Technology , Education   Opinions


ICTs Are the Heart of the Information Society ICTs (Information & Communication Technologies) are an engine for growth. This is the time of information. Contemporary citizens are greatly demanding, and they want to obtain the required information as soon as possible. With the invention of the ICTs, the possibilities are endless and infinite. Obviously, its role demonstrates that it has no limitations and we can’t detect any type of certain boundaries that may limit ICTs. The role of the ICTs in every segment of the society is additionally imperative when civil societies think about encouragement & progress. As a consequence, information is an enormously powerful tool as it truly helps to explore various factors and aspects of society development without any effort. An active and ICT-literate civic society is always required for governing the social movement because strong civic society is the foundation for development and the creation of an equitable information society.

Our actions reflect our achievements. Don’t make the mistake of talking only about ICTs and its development. It is necessary to discuss and fashion the relationships among all the structures of development: economic, social, political and religious. It is compulsory that all the development tools are forming relationships with ICTs. Likewise; websites are the representations of societies to all over the world. Hence, if we are slow to implement ICTs in all forms of development, success will remain distant from us. That’s why it should be essential to consider regarding its capacity-building process for all.

ICTs are the key of development. Society is changing by leaps and bounds, with no chance of a stopping point in the near future. The Internet affects us in every way, most importantly with our social lives, jobs and our entertainment. Our social lives are not just communicating with telephones and mail anymore. Going “on-line” is the new way we like to communicate with people. Chat rooms on the Internet are open for people to talk and explore with other people who may live on the other side of the world. E-Mail is also another popular way to correspond with others. Users can electronically send mail to another person with an on-line mailbox, simply by typing in their message and sending it by the click of a button. Two seconds to send e-mail to someone on the other side of the world is much quicker than a week or more through the ordinary mail as well as Computers can calculate and figure out things much quicker than the average person. This process cannot only save time, but money too. Stock trading is now on the Internet, along with banking and any other type of business you could imagine. The world wants thing to be quick and easy. The best answer to that is to have a computer do it for you.

In the future, millions of jobs will be taken away from honest hard-working employees and will be given to computers. No matter what choices we make, or what plans we change. These outcomes are going to become real. Why would a businessman pay someone to take phone orders, when a computer can do it in less time and make it both cheaper and easier for the businessman and the buyer?

The inevitable outcome of this magnificent invention is going to change the world. Society may seem glad about the way of changing. Cheaper is better as well as less time consuming is the best. With the choice of having a computer and being on-line, there is almost nothing you cannot do. This remarkable idea of the ICTs is going to revolutionize the way we live in the future.
Of course, Rome was not built in a day; our society can not be changed overnight. ICTs are not a magic or mystery formula that is going to solve our all problems. But in no doubt used intelligently, it will be engaged in developing real and practical issues, and in building a society that is responsive to its needs and demands. Practical experiences with ICTs demonstrate that we have the ability to revolutionize the methods of development. With this extraordinary force, ICTs need to be spread throughout society, and allow all peoples to have equal access to the power of knowledge and make momentous benefits accessible for all of civilization.



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Raymond M. Kristiansen | Oct 31st, 2003
I agree with most of what you are writing here. I think that the information and communication technologies (ICTs) is a massive tool-box for all of us. As I have noted in my own opinion this month, the digital divide is however a challenge we Must face. Just wondering, Shakti, how wide-spread is the use of broadband internet connections in your country? Or your city? What is the current development? About how large a proportion of the population have regular access to the computer, and thus, the ICT revolution? My more sober approach does not mean that I am not optimistic, but I think that we must be able to think two thoughts at the same time: on the one hand to what ingenious ways we can use the ICT ourselves, we who are blessed with regular connection time, and on the other hand we need to face the challenge that the digital divide is creating. good luck!

Digital divide challenge
Nkiru Banjoko | Nov 28th, 2003
I love your article but sincerely speaking the issue of digital divide is a far fetched affair in poor nations in Africa. We are confronting severe poverty and ignorance which we know the only possible solution is ICT. I work in a Telecom company and consider myself really fortunate to have access to the Internet. Now, i have the obligation to use the opportunity to empower millions of others who are not just plain interested in ICT because they are miserable and hungry. Africans still find it needful to relate with people, if you replace people with machines on this continent , i guarantee you that your company will die a natural death.

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