Affiliations: East College, Arizona State University East, USA.
Abstract: The discourse on globalization intersects with assumptions about how
new information and communication technologies can generate economic growth in
less developed countries. This paper is a critical review of some of these
assumptions. It argues that the current processes of globalization cannot on
their own foster economic development because globalization is inherently
dialectical. It can create wealth for some countries while at the same time, it
can impoverish others thus further accentuating the marginalization of many
countries. The paper concludes by suggesting ways in which less developed
countries can stay "connected" with the global economy while at the same time
pursuing development strategies that will meet the basic needs of the majority
of their populations.