What can denouncing ICTs do for the rich?

2011/7/30 Frederick FN Noronha फ्रेडरिक नोरोन्या *فريدريك نورونيا  passed this on to the BytesForAll mailing list, and I replied. There is more of this silliness in the full article (PDF), but this by itself is more than enough.

What can ICTs do for the rural poor?
By Alfonso Gumucio-Dagron

First wrong assumption: development is a matter of technology.

First wrong assumption: The Industrial Revolution was not about technology. In reality, ICT back then meant printing presses and post roads, then semaphores, then telegraphs along railway lines, then telephones. You try running a railroad without remote signaling, and you try making farmers prosperous without railroads to take their crops to market, and without the ITC e-choupal project to get world prices to farmers.

Second wrong assumption: development is a matter of information.

Second wrong assumption: Knowledge is not power, and the pen is not mightier than the sword, or even the dollar/euro/rupee/etc.

Third wrong assumption: information technologies are equal to development

You already said that once. You are still just as wrong as the first time.

I don’t wish to be disagreeable, Alfonso, but you write like a tobacco or oil lobbyist. Who is paying you? I have only ever seen such nonsense from the right-wing Wall Street Journal and American Enterprise Institute, which have claimed that India needs institutions, not ICT. However, they fail to explain how to create such institutions without ICT.

Gandhi-ji said, “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you [as here, pitifully revealing how frightened they are], then you win.”

Voltaire said, “I have only had one prayer, a short one. It is this: Lord, please make our enemies completely ridiculous. God granted it.”

She, or they, still does/do. So remember, we also get to laugh at them.


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