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The importance of national ICT visions for information society in South East Asia

Firth, Lucy and Mellor, David 2002, The importance of national ICT visions for information society in South East Asia, in Enabling organisations and society through information systems : proceedings of the thirteenth Australasian Conference on Information Systems, School of Information Systems, Victoria University, Melbourne, Vic., pp. 1-13.

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Title The importance of national ICT visions for information society in South East Asia
Author(s) Firth, Lucy
Mellor, David
Conference name Australasian Conference on Information Systems (13th : 2003 : Melbourne, Victoria)
Conference location Melbourne, Victoria
Conference dates 4-6 Dec. 2002
Title of proceedings Enabling organisations and society through information systems : proceedings of the thirteenth Australasian Conference on Information Systems
Editor(s) Wenn, Andrew
McGrath, Micheal
Burstein, Frada
Publication date 2002
Conference series Australasian Conference on Information Systems
Start page 1
End page 13
Publisher School of Information Systems, Victoria University
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Keyword(s) information society
Asia
national
policy
Summary This paper addresses the question ‘How necessary is a national information and communications technology (ICT) strategy/vision for the development of an information society?’ For the purpose of this paper, ‘information society’ is reduced to two key dimensions: penetration of ICT, and access to government information on-line. In considering the question, the paper calls on data contained in the International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU) case studies of e-readiness in eight South East Asian (SEA) nations (Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam). The background to the paper includes an overview of the SEA nations in terms of demographics and a discussion of the dilemma of government involvement in developing an information society in the light of the ‘small government mantra’ that has dominated in recent years. National ICT strategies visions of each nation are presented, followed by on overview of their information society policies and practices and their ICT penetration. The importance of the vision is then contrasted with other factors including level of development and national income. The conclusions draw attention to the importance of a vision irrespective of level of development and resource availability. In fact, for the least developed nations, poor infrastructure may be an opportunity to leap frog to the most advanced networks supporting an information society, if the vision is relevant, powerful and broadly held.
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ISBN 1862726159
9781862726154
Language eng
Field of Research 080606 Global Information Systems
Socio Economic Objective 970108 Expanding Knowledge in the Information and Computing Sciences
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
ERA Research output type E Conference publication
Copyright notice ©2002, Victoria University
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30009543

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