Toward a Sustainable African Information Society in 2010: An Analysis of the Global Influence on the African Information Society Initiative (AISI)

Tokunbo Bamidele Ojo (2010). Toward a Sustainable African Information Society in 2010: An Analysis of the Global Influence on the African Information Society Initiative (AISI) PhD Thesis, School of Journalism and Communication, The University of Queensland.

       
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Author Tokunbo Bamidele Ojo
Thesis Title Toward a Sustainable African Information Society in 2010: An Analysis of the Global Influence on the African Information Society Initiative (AISI)
School, Centre or Institute School of Journalism and Communication
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2010-08
Thesis type PhD Thesis
Supervisor Dr. Jan Servaes
Dr. Levi Obijiofor
Total pages 246
Total colour pages 11
Total black and white pages 235
Subjects 20 Language, Communication and Culture
Abstract/Summary This thesis examines the interaction in the network of international and regional organizations in setting the norms, rules and strategic directions for international development and governance of global information society. Situated within the theoretical framework of international regime theory and Gramsci’s concept of hegemony, it uses the “Africa Information Society Initiative (AISI): An action framework to build ICT infrastructure in Africa” as its case study. Based on the empirical evidences gathered from the historical policy document analysis and qualitative semi-structured interviews, it provides a critical analysis of how the diffusion of global neoliberal agenda through the international organizations shaped the AISI policy prescriptions. It analyzes the challenges confronting the AISI implementation and ICTs for development agenda in Africa. In view of the inherent contradictions between the transnational character of the AISI and the national characters of the region, it examines the implication of these problems and suggests potential ways of addressing them. It concludes by stressing the importance of contextual local institutional forces and cultural ethos in the ICT policies and development process in Africa.
Keyword Africa, ECA, ITU, global information society
ICTs, development agenda, AISI, communication policies
Modernization, donors, leapfrogging , development
Additional Notes 4, 88, 108-109, 113-114, 131, 141-142, 148, 154

 
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