I have a pretty limited experience when it comes to my knowledge and involvement with international development related to technology. In fact, I’m surprised that this is in fact my first class that puts any kind of focus on it. Technology is clearly an important part of my life as a 21st century student, and it isn’t surprising to learn that technology can also have a huge potential for those living in developing countries. It brings with it so many conveniences and opens so many doors of opportunity to learn and improve. Technology makes it as easy as the click of a button to share information with people all over the globe. But is that what is actually happening? Or are there negatives to this technological expansion?
In this weeks readings, there was a case study that talked about the message from Alfred Austin’s line of poetry. It reads, “Across the wires th’ electric message came, “He is no better; he is much the same.” This line of poetry struck me and was very thought-provoking. Is technology actually improving the lives of those in developing nations? Of course there have been endless positives, but this is something we should really consider before it becomes an integral part of our efforts. What do you think? Are there any potential negatives to technology in developing nations? I know for me one that comes to mind is pollution. Developing nations often are some of the major contributors to global pollution. What other negatives might there be? Is there a way to use technology to change this?