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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.

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Abstract

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.

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ID Code: 13158
Item Type: Conference Paper
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Keywords: Convergence, new media, Tuvalu, Papua New Guinea, Internet, Online
ISSN: 1038-6130
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 16:45

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