Digital Development: Elements of a Critical ICT4D Theory and Praxis

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In recent years, critical research literature in ICT4D has grown. It is widely accepted that theory is to inform practice. However, the inverse directionality, practice informs theory, is much less present in ICT4D, including in critical research. In this paper, we discuss ways how ICT4D research and theory may be better informed by practice — in terms of (i) recognizing praxis-oriented research paradigms and integrating their
results, (ii) development of foundational theories, (iii) critical analysis of ICT4D emerging policies, and (iv) positioning ICT4D in the wider development debate. This suggests several elements or directions in which critical research has the potential to push current boundaries of ICT4D in terms of content as well as relevance.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventIFIP WG 9.4 International Conference on Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries: Working Group 9.4 - Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, United Republic of
Duration: 1 May 20193 May 2019
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ConferenceIFIP WG 9.4 International Conference on Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries: Working Group 9.4
Abbreviated titleIFIP WG9.4
CountryTanzania, United Republic of
CityDar es Salaam
Period1/05/193/05/19
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Bon, A., & Akkermans, H. (2019). Digital Development: Elements of a Critical ICT4D Theory and Praxis. Paper presented at IFIP WG 9.4 International Conference on Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries: Working Group 9.4, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, United Republic of.
Bon, A. ; Akkermans, Hans. / Digital Development: Elements of a Critical ICT4D Theory and Praxis. Paper presented at IFIP WG 9.4 International Conference on Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries: Working Group 9.4, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, United Republic of.
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Bon, A & Akkermans, H 2019, 'Digital Development: Elements of a Critical ICT4D Theory and Praxis' Paper presented at IFIP WG 9.4 International Conference on Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries: Working Group 9.4, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, United Republic of, 1/05/19 - 3/05/19, .

Digital Development: Elements of a Critical ICT4D Theory and Praxis. / Bon, A.; Akkermans, Hans.

2019. Paper presented at IFIP WG 9.4 International Conference on Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries: Working Group 9.4, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, United Republic of.

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