A response to a response

I’m deeply appreciative of Paul Currion’s response to my own response to his initial post.

However, Paul fails to submit adequate evidence that refutes my charge of the report’s inherent Northern bias in its approach to research and resulting recommendations.

Rather than blame the digital divide for the gaps in access and use of ICT, it is better to frame it in a way that recognises and promotes the use of ICT in ways that go beyond (traditional) websites and instead looks at ICT processes that are rooted in cultural and geo-political specificities and supportive of peacebuilding initiatives.

The danger of reports such as this (and I’m not for a moment discounting the inherent value of this report and its impact on its intended audience, as brought out in Paul’s response) is that a reader unfamiliar with the terrain of ICT in Peacebuilding and the rich diversity of existing solutions can be fooled into thinking that websites and web based approaches, that use PC’s and are dependent upon internet connectivity, constitute the only way in which ICT initiatives can be formulated to aid peacebuilding.

I’m looking forward to the next iteration of this report which well aware of this danger, will hopefully ask a far wider range of authors (not just those from the North) to contribute to a shared vision of ICT in support of justpeace.

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