The Impact of the Internet on Developing Countries

The Internet offers developing countries an opportunity to bridge the international "digital divide." However, as our three case studies illustrate, these nations face significant infrastructural, political, and social barriers to successful Internet development. While common themes like community Internet access and privatization can help policymakers learn from the recent past, there is no "blanket" solution to closing the digital divide, nor is the Internet the panacea for existing problems in the Third World.

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