Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D) research has a history of making mistakes that, in hindsight, seem obvious. For example, many working in the field have a favorite story of a project gone wrong because of techno-centrism. Mine is the LINCOS telecenter project, intended to provide computing and internet access to a Costa Rican village via a high-tech shipping container, which was described as "an alien spaceship dropping from the sky" . It closed after two yearsthe community began using a new cyber cafe, and the container was vandalized. This and other early ICT4D projects conflated the goal…
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