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Reclaiming Information and Communication Technologies for Development$
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Tim Unwin

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198795292

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198795292.001.0001

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Reflections on the Dark Side of ICT4D

Reflections on the Dark Side of ICT4D

(p.150) 6 Reflections on the Dark Side of ICT4D
Reclaiming Information and Communication Technologies for Development

Tim Unwin

Oxford University Press

Technology is all too often seen as being inherently good, and there are powerful interests limiting the amount of attention paid to the darker side of ICTs and Internet access in particular. However, these darker aspects are crucial to understanding ICT4D, especially since they can more seriously impact the poor, both countries and people, than the rich. The following main challenges are covered in the chapter: privacy and security; the Surface Web and the Dark Web; cyber-security and resilience; negative aspects of the exploitation of Big Data and the abuse of people through social media; and the increasing dehumanization of people through the use of ICTs and the Internet of Things.

Keywords:   privacy, security, dark side, Web, Internet, cyber-security, social media Big Data, resilience, learning, ICT4D

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