Another world : developing countries in the Pacific region need to find their own pathways into the new information society
Duffield, Lee R., Hayes, Mark D., & Watson, Amanda H. A. (2008) Another world : developing countries in the Pacific region need to find their own pathways into the new information society. In Convergence, Citizen Journalism and Social Change; Asia Media Information and Communication Centre (Singapore), 26-28 March 2008, Brisbane.
Realities of limited telecommunications and Internet service delivery are putting a restraint on expectations of major impact from new media in Pacific nations. This paper argues that for development tasks at least, a leap forward based on new technology is as yet rather much to bank on, so the widest range of considerations has to be kept in mind – all forms of mass communication media that are available to use and adapt, other opportunity factors, and obstacles to communication.
The paper will examine two cases: the island nation of Tuvalu, and the Highlands region of Papua New Guinea. In Tuvalu, checks on media use include limited net access, slow or congested bandwidth speeds, and lack of access to computer services and repairs. In the Western Highlands province of Papua New Guinea, there is currently little access to the Internet, and what there is tends also to be slow and limited. More traditional forms of media such as radio stand to deliver good returns if developed well.
The method of investigation for the two case studies is principally direct observation by the researcher in each case. During extended visits to the two developing regions in question, the researchers participated in local media production or assisted with training. In each case the undertaking was backgrounded with extensive preparatory work including a review of relevant scholarly literature on regional issues and mass media.
Convergence may come to contribute well to the dissemination of information and the establishment of public dialogues, but problems of information poverty – illiteracy, lack of access, inability to use the Internet, lack of money for facilities, software and training – will have to be negotiated.
Impact and interest:
Citation counts are sourced monthly from and citation databases.
These databases contain citations from different subsets of available publications and different time periods and thus the citation count from each is usually different. Some works are not in either database and no count is displayed. Scopus includes citations from articles published in 1996 onwards, and Web of Science® generally from 1980 onwards.
Citations counts from theindexing service can be viewed at the linked Google Scholar™ search.
Full-text downloads displays the total number of times this work’s files (e.g., a PDF) have been downloaded from QUT ePrints as well as the number of downloads in the previous 365 days. The count includes downloads for all files if a work has more than one.
|Item Type:||Conference Paper|
|Additional Information:||The contents of this conference can be freely accessed online via the conference's web page (see hypertext link).|
|Keywords:||Convergence, new media, Tuvalu, Papua New Guinea, Internet, Online|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > JOURNALISM AND PROFESSIONAL WRITING (190300) > Journalism Studies (190301)|
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Schools > Journalism, Media & Communication
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 2008 Lee Duffield, Mark Hayes and Amanda Watson|
|Deposited On:||26 Mar 2008|
|Last Modified:||06 Feb 2012 06:45|
Available Versions of this Item
- Another world : developing countries in the Pacific region need to find their own pathways into the new information society. (deposited 26 Mar 2008) [Currently Displayed]
Repository Staff Only: item control page