Rwanda forges ahead with IT (via the BBC) water, agriculture, IT & energy in parallel

Having emerged from the worst period of its history, the genocide of 1994, Rwanda has placed its faith in IT with some big promises – mobile phone use should double from just 20% to up to 40% by next year. The government is giving away 35,000 handsets to help that happen.

It wants a PC in every home within 10 years.

Good brief case-study overview of one small country, with a lot of challenges, reaching out to the Web. Techno-determinism? Technology is deterministic, or at least an actor in the network. But, how far up or down the hierarchy of needs does IT come? Can it be a symbolic actor? Something to aspire to representing those bright sunlit uplands where life is sweet? The picture does seem to be mixed.

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