Sat, 13 Sep 2003 15:34:48 GMT

is IT really a solution to poverty?. [infosophy: socio-technological rendering of information]


another good question from mentor….

IT cannot solve anything. People create poverty, not technologies, access to technologies and/or usage of technologies cannot as such change anything, though inarguably it can raise the standard of living, but that usually means only that a segment of the population has increased earning capacity, it may even mean that the poor are relatively more poor than they were before the technology acquisition. This is not to say technologies don't help, but it is to say that they are not a simple solution to a complex problem, and poverty is complex.

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