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Impacts of the Knowledge Society on Economic and Social Growth in Africa

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In a world that is essentially digitizing, some have argued that the idea of the knowledge society holds the greatest promise for Africa’s rapid socio-economic transformation. Impacts of the Knowledge Society on Economic and Social Growth in Africa aims to catalyze thinking and provide relevant information on the complex ways in which the information age is shaping Africa and the implications that this will have for the continent and the world. This premier reference volume will provide policy analysts, policymakers, academics, and researchers with fresh insights into the key empirical and theoretical matters framing Africa's ongoing digitization.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Book Series
  5. Editorial Advisory Board and List of Reviewers
    1. Editorial Advisory Board
    2. List of Reviewers
  6. Foreword
  7. Preface
    1. REFERENCE
  8. Acknowledgment
  9. Section 1: Theoretical Considerations
    1. Chapter 1: What is the Opposite of a Knowledge Society?
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. DEFINITION: KNOWLEDGE ECONOMY OR SOCIETY OR SOCIETIES?
      4. VALUES: POSITIONING THE GLOBAL SOUTH WITHIN THE KNOWLEDGE SOCIETIES DISCOURSE
      5. METHODS OF MEASURING: INDEXING KNOWLEDGE SOCIETIES
      6. BUILDING KNOWLEDGE SOCIETIES: HOW DO WE GET THERE?
      7. SHARING
      8. FINANCING AND SCALE OF HIGHER EDUCATION
      9. KNOWLEDGE-ON-KNOWLEDGE
      10. DIRECTIONS FOR FURTHER RESEARCH
      11. CONCLUSION
      12. REFERENCES
      13. ADDITIONAL READING
      14. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    2. Chapter 2: Digital Television and its (Dys)Functions in Africa
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. DIGITAL MIGRATION AND DEVELOPMENTALISM
      4. LOCATING DIGITAL MIGRATION IN INFORMATION SOCIETY THEORIES: BETWEEN POLITICAL ECONOMY AND CULTURE
      5. IS IT ABOUT POLITICAL ECONOMY?
      6. BETWEEN TECHNICAL STANDARDS AND CONTENT PRODUCTION: WHAT IS AFRICA’S STRATEGIC ADVANTAGE?
      7. DIGITIZATION AS IDEOLOGY?
      8. THE (DYS)FUNCTIONS OF DIGITAL TELEVISION IN AFRICA: DIGITAL TELEVISION AS INFORMATIONAL CAPITALISM?
      9. THE DIGITAL BANDWAGON: IS DIGITAL MIGRATION A PRIORITY FOR AFRICA’S DEVELOPMENT?
      10. DIGITAL TELEVISION AND THE CONSUMER CULTURE
      11. ISSUES FOR FURTHER RESEARCH
      12. CONCLUSION
      13. REFERENCES
      14. ADDITIONAL READING
      15. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
      16. ENDNOTES
    3. Chapter 3: ICTs and the (Re)Production of Development Knowledge in Africa
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. PROBLEMATIZING ICTs FOR DEVELOPMENT DISCOURSE
      4. POSTCOLONIAL CRITIQUE OF DEVELOPMENT KNOWLEDGE PRODUCTION
      5. REPRODUCING HEGEMONY OR BRIDGING THE DIGITAL DIVIDE?
      6. SOLUTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
      7. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
      8. CONCLUSION
      9. REFERENCES
      10. ADDITIONAL READING
      11. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
  10. Section 2: Policy and Africa's Knowledge Society
    1. Chapter 4: Doing It Different
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. FTAs AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY: THE FUSION
      4. TRIPS-PLUS FTAs FOR AFRICA? SETTING THE STAGE
      5. THE NEW AFRICAN IP LANDSCAPE
      6. CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATIONS
      7. FUTURE RESEARCH
      8. REFERENCES
      9. ADDITIONAL READING
      10. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
      11. ENDNOTES
    2. Chapter 5: Ensuring Competition in the Telecommunication Business Environment in Ghana
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. OBJECTIVES OF THE RESEARCH
      4. THEORETICAL BACKGROUND
      5. RESEARCH METHODS
      6. DISCUSSION OF RESULTS
      7. SOLUTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
      8. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
      9. CONCLUSION
      10. REFERENCES
      11. ADDITIONAL READING
      12. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    3. Chapter 6: Blogging under Behemoth
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. ICT AND POLITICAL COMPETITIVENESS IN AFRICA
      4. CONCLUSION
      5. REFERENCES
      6. ADDITIONAL READING
      7. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
      8. ENDNOTES
    4. Chapter 7: The Rise of Telcos and Africa's Knowledge Society
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. AFRICA AND THE MOBILE PHONE
      4. THE RISE OF TELCHAMBS ON THE BACK OF TELCOS IN AFRICA
      5. THE KNOWLEDGE SOCIETY AND TELCHAMBS IN AFRICA: THE STRATEGIC IMPERATIVES
      6. SOLUTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
      7. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
      8. CONCLUSION
      9. REFERENCES
      10. ADDITIONAL READING
      11. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
      12. ENDNOTES
  11. Section 3: Prescriptions for Building Africa's Knowledge Society
    1. Chapter 8: Creating Knowledge Society for Economic and Social Growth in Africa
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. EMPIRICAL LINKS BETWEEN KNOWLEDGE AND ECONOMIC GROWTH
      4. TOWARDS KNOWLEDGE SOCIETY IN SSA REGION
      5. TEN PRINCIPLES OF KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT AS DETERMINANTS OF TRANSITION PROCESS TO KNOWLEDGE SOCIETY IN AFRICA
      6. TEN PILLARS AND APPLICATION TO AFRICAN CONTEXT
      7. MAJORITY MIDDLE CLASS AS AN INDICATOR OF TRANSFORMATION TO KNOWLEDGE SOCIETY
      8. CONCLUSION
      9. REFERENCES
      10. ADDITIONAL READING
      11. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
      12. ENDNOTES
    2. Chapter 9: Towards an Interactive E-Government System in Sub-Saharan Africa
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND: A CONCEPTUAL OVERVIEW
      4. PROSPECTS AND PROBLEMS OF E-GOVERNMENT IN AFRICA
      5. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
      6. CONCLUSION
      7. REFERENCES
      8. ADDITIONAL READING
      9. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    3. Chapter 10: ICT and Skills Transfer
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. THE CREATION OF THE GTVC AND SKILL DELIVERY PROCESS
      5. DESCRIPTION OF SKILL-TRANSFER DELIVERY STRATEGY
      6. POTENTIAL BARRIERS AND SUGGESTIONS TO OVERCOME THESE BARRIERS
      7. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
      8. CONCLUSION
      9. REFERENCES
      10. ADDITIONAL READING
      11. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    4. Chapter 11: Knowledge Sharing between Local Government and Rural Remote Communities in Tanzania
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. LITERATURE REVIEW
      4. METHODOLOGY OF THE CASE STUDY AND SURVEY
      5. FINDINGS AND DISCUSSION
      6. CONCLUSION
      7. AREAS FOR FURTHER RESEARCH
      8. REFERENCES
      9. ADDITIONAL READING
      10. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
    5. Chapter 12: Robotics Education in Africa
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. AFRICAN INITIATIVES
      4. INTERNATIONAL INITIATIVES
      5. EGYPTIAN INITIATIVES
      6. SOLUTIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
      7. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
      8. CONCLUSION
      9. REFERENCES
      10. ADDITIONAL READING
      11. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
      12. ENDNOTES
  12. Section 4: Benchmarks for Africa's Knowledge Society
    1. Chapter 13: Rwanda Leapfrogs into Digital Broadcasting Migration
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. DIGITAL TERESTRIAL BROADCASTING, A NEW TECHNOLOGICAL MILESTONE FOR RWANDA
      4. DIGITAL TELEVISION IN RWANDA: THE REGULATORY FRAMEWORK
      5. DIGITAL TELEVISION IN RWANDA: TECHNOLOGY, SOCIAL MARKETING AND SHARING
      6. IF CONTENT IS KING, THEN CONTEXT IS QUEEN
      7. DIGITAL TELEVISION AND THE FUTURE OF RWANDA’S POLITICS, CULTURE AND SOCIETY
      8. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
      9. CONCLUSION
      10. REFERENCES
      11. ADDITIONAL READING
      12. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
      13. ENDNOTES
    2. Chapter 14: Constructing the Knowledge Society
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. ORIGIN AND DEVELOPMENT OF KNOWLEDGE SOCIETY IN CHINA
      4. CHINA’S INITIATIVES AND PRACTICES IN BUILDING A KNOWLEDGE SOCIETY
      5. STATUS QUO OF KNOWLEDGE SOCIETY IN CHINA
      6. CHINA’S EXPERIENCES AND EXAMPLE FOR AFRICA
      7. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
      8. CONCLUSION
      9. REFERENCES
      10. ADDITIONAL READING
      11. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
      12. ENDNOTES
    3. Chapter 15: Exploring the Development of M-Government
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. M-GOVERNMENT IN ANT
      4. M-PESA IN ANT: OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES FOR M-GOVERNMENT IN AFRICA
      5. CONCLUSION
      6. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
      7. REFERENCES
      8. ADDITIONAL READING
      9. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
      10. ENDNOTES
    4. Chapter 16: Huawei's ICT Investments in Africa
      1. ABSTRACT
      2. INTRODUCTION
      3. BACKGROUND
      4. HUAWEI’S CSR POLICY IN AFRICA
      5. SOCIETY AT LARGE
      6. INDUSTRY PEERS: HUAWEI’S COMPETITIVE EDGE
      7. IMPLICATIONS OF HUAWEI’S CSR POLICY FOR AFRICA’S KNOWLEDGE SOCIETY
      8. FUTURE RESEARCH DIRECTIONS
      9. CONCLUSION
      10. REFERENCES
      11. ADDITIONAL READING
      12. KEY TERMS AND DEFINITIONS
  13. Compilation of References
  14. About the Contributors