Ethics and the Internet in West Africa

Ethics and the Internet in West Africa

Toward An Ethical Model Of Integration

eBook - 2004
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The whole world is currently undergoing a period of profound change brought about by the development of the worldwide information and communications network, the Internet, which affects every sphere of social life. This book focuses specifically on ethical questions related to the use of the Internet in West Africa. It examines the manner in which the spread of the Internet in Africa raises serious ethical issues; issues that should be identified to ensure that, in the future, the adaptation and integration of Internet technology will be compatible with the development of Africa's nations. The research behind this book, carried out by means of field surveys, focuses on five nations in West Africa: two Anglophone - The Gambia and Ghana - and three Francophone - Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, and Senegal. For each country, a portrait of Internet users' ethical behaviours was successfully created. The book demonstrates how the Internet, by virtue of its content and how the technology is uses, is creating upheaval in the practices and modes of communication within African communities. The book culminates with a proposed ethical model for the assimilation of the Internet that could serve as a reference for development policies in each of the respective countries and, more broadly, throughout Africa.
Publisher: Ottawa : International Development Research Centre, 2004
Copyright Date: ©2004
ISBN: 9781552500729
9781592211630
Branch Call Number: Electronic book
Characteristics: 1 online resource (157 pages)

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