Constructing the Pillars of a Knowledge Society: The Challenge of Providing Access to ICTs in Rural Mongolia

The paper looks at the challenges in providing access to ICTs in the vast rural areas of Mongolia where more than half the population still follows a nomadic herding lifestyle. The paper concludes that despite a positive policy environment for developing ICTs and limited success in extending Internet connectivity into the rural towns, the prospect of integrating these services into the social and business practices of rural communities remains a long way off. Future research needs to go beyond economic and technological factors and focus on the social and cultural implications of incorporating ICTs into traditional societies.

Libri, 2005, vol. 55, pp. 216–224

C. A. Johnson
L. Ariunaa
J. J. Britz
© Saur, 2005, 9 pages