Internet coverage lauded for boosting economy

Central government telecom officials are citing statistics from the World Bank that say that a 10 percent additional penetration of the internet in a country results in an increase of from 1 to 2 percent in domestic output.

Tuesday was the World Information Society Day, as proclaimed by the United Nations. So the Cámara de Tecnologías de Información y Comunicación and the Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología y Telecomunicaciones were among sponsors of a seminar.

Participants noted that information technology is a tool that makes possible developing businesses without the need for the entrepreneur to be in a fixed place. They said that operating costs may be reduced and the quality and quantity of the product may be increased.

Internet coverage also opens up the possibility of cybercrimes, too, the seminar was told.

The central government is much concerned with what is called the digital gap, that is the low internet participation of the poor and disadvantaged. The government has opened up locations with computers and digital access around the country. And there has been a successful push to connect most schools.

However, not everyone is convinced of this. Kentaro Toyama, associate professor of community information at the University of Michigan, has a warning for developing nations that see technology as the solution for economic growth. He notes that social problems did not end in the U.S. as digital innovation advanced over the last 45 years, according to a wire service report HERE!

Historically, many of the same positive claims have been made about the introduction of television, and there is a vast body of literature on efforts to teach modern farming, household and sanitation practices in rural areas, mainly in Turkey and India, via the television set.

Other critics point out that greater access to the Internet also generates more participation in social networks and pornography Web sites.

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