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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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IT Tigers of Asia: South Korea, Taiwan, and Singapore

IT Tigers of Asia: South Korea, Taiwan, and Singapore

(p.375) Chapter 8 IT Tigers of Asia: South Korea, Taiwan, and Singapore
The Digital Flood

James W. Cortada

Oxford University Press

The Asian Tigers South Korea, Taiwan, and Singapore are the subject of this chapter, which describes their introduction to computing and how that technology became a central export and economic development strategy for these nations. In the process the economies boomed, grew faster than other national economies, and became some of the most intensive users of IT in the world. How those developments occurred are explained and experiences compared from one state to the other since each one had a unique national path to adoption. North Korea’s minimal experience with computers is also analyzed and placed within the context of Asian computing and economic development.

Keywords:   South Korea, North Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, East Asia, Asian Tigers, information technologies, computers, Wave One, Wave Two, Internet

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