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The Internet and other new technologies have put information at the centre of the global economy. ...

The Internet and other new technologies have put information at the centre of the global economy.

It is therefore important to understand who produces and reproduces this information, who has access, and who and where are represented by information in our contemporary knowledge economy.

This audio slide show will highlight inequalities in traditional knowledge and information geographies, before moving to examine the Internet-era potentials for new and more inclusionary patterns.

It will consider the implications for developing countries, and will conclude that rather than democratising platforms of knowledge sharing, the Internet seems to be enabling a digital division of labour in which the visibility, voice and power of the North is reinforced rather than diminished.

The ultimate goal of the talk is then to ask why in an age of almost ubiquitous potential connectivity, so many people are still left out of global networks, debates and conversations.

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  • The Potential of the Internet for Development:Digital Divides and Uneven Geographies of Knowledge A talk to DFID March 29, 2012 Mark Graham, PhD Oxford Internet Institute University of Oxford web: www.geospace.co.uk email: mark.graham@oii.ox.ac.uk twitter: @geoplace
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  • 15th century 43
  • 16th century 44
  • 17th century 45
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  • 19th century 47
  • 20th century 48
  • “The sum of all human knowledge” 49
  • Wikipedia research:(1a) what is the geography of articles in MENAcompared to the rest of the world?(1b) what is the geography of articles in EastAfrica compared to the rest of the world?
  • Wikipedia research:(2) do local authors in the Middle East/NorthAfrica/East Africa comprise disproportionatelyfewer of the contributors to articles aboutthat region?
  • Wikipedia research:(3) are the contributions of local contributorsundervalued?
  • More info about this story in Ford, H. (2011). The Missing Wikipedians. In Lovink, G., and Tkacz, N. Critical Point of View: A Wikipedia Reader.
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  • thank you Dr Mark Graham Oxford Internet Institute w: geospace.co.uk w: zerogeography.net e: mark@geospace.co.uk t: @geoplace