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The Digital FloodThe Diffusion of Information Technology Across the U.S., Europe, and Asia$
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James W. Cortada

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199921553

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199921553.001.0001

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How Asia Embraced Information Technologies

How Asia Embraced Information Technologies

(p.546) Chapter 11 How Asia Embraced Information Technologies
The Digital Flood

James W. Cortada

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the diffusion of information technologies across all of Asia from the 1950s to the present. It reviews IT export manufacturing strategies that continue to unfold, the role of the Internet, lack of wide internal diffusion of technology, and the causes of the very slow and quite late adoption of computing in some countries while in others it occurred early and rapidly. It is a comprehensive overview of the region that also compares patterns of adoption, use, and exports to the experiences of North America and Western Europe. It ties the story of IT in the region to local economic and national political and diplomatic events, and the region’s position in Wave One and Wave Two computing.

Keywords:   Asia, East Asia, information technologies, computers, economic development, Cold War, exports, Wave One, Wave Two, economic development

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