FREE LAPTOPS AND INFORMATION SOCIETY: WILL COMPUTERS ALONE DO?

  • Balasubramanian D Research Scholar, Department of Anthropology, University of Madras, Chennai
  • Sumathi S Professor and Head, Department of Anthropology, University of Madras, Chennai.

Abstract

Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are being touted as the panacea for social development and there are claims about the emergence of information societies. Developing societies are encouraged to transform themselves into information societies in the globalised economy to achieve rapid economic progress, triggering a host of ICT interventions in different sectors. This paper looks at providing millions of free laptops to students in Tamil Nadu, its usage
among students, and argues for an eco-system to enable the students to capitalise on the technological access provided.

Published
2019-02-14