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IT the most revolutionary issue globally: But is it for all?
Nordic Africa Institute.
Mittuniversitetet, Institutionen för informationsteknologi och medier.
2007 (English)In: InfoTrend, ISSN 1653-0225, Vol. 62, no 3, 71-78 p.Article in journal (Other academic) Published
Abstract [en]

This article discusses the challenges of disseminating information using ICTs (Information and Communication Technologies) in postconflict countries like Sierra Leone and focuses on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's (TRC) findings. The TRC findings were meant to promote an understanding of the crimes that were committed against the innocent civilians during the war, and to contribute to the prevention of future atrocities. It particularly looks at the most  arginalized groups, namely, women and children. The TRC findings were published in both a book and electronic form. Some simpler versions of the findings were also published by some NGOs but nevertheless, the diffusion of information into parts of the society where it is needed mostly has been inadequate. The Internet is a medium used to disseminate information effectively from one to many. The electronic version of the findings is available on the Internet but access to it requires information skills and access to ICTs. It is argued that lack of ICTs and information skills is an obstacle to the empowerment of women and children in Sierra Leone, which also hinders sustainable development. This article discusses the hallenges of disseminating information using ICTs (Information and Communication Technologies) in postconflict countries like Sierra Leone and focuses on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's (TRC) findings. The TRC findings were meant to promote an understanding of the crimes that were committed against the innocent civilians during the war, and to contribute to the prevention of future atrocities. It particularly looks at the most marginalized groups, namely, women and children. The TRC findings were published in both a book and electronic form. Some simpler versions of the findings were also published by some NGOs but nevertheless, the diffusion of information into parts of the society where it is needed mostly has been inadequate. The Internet is a medium used to disseminate information effectively from one to many. The electronic version of the findings is available on the Internet but access to it requires information skills and access to ICTs. It is argued that lack of ICTs and information skills is an obstacle to the empowerment of women and children in Sierra Leone, which also hinders sustainable development. This article discusses the challenges of disseminating information using ICTs (Information and Communication Technologies) in postconflict countries like Sierra Leone and focuses on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's (TRC) findings. The TRC findings were meant to promote an understanding of the crimes that were committed against the innocent civilians during the war, and to contribute to the prevention of future atrocities. It particularly looks at the most marginalized groups, namely, women and children. The TRC findings were published in both a book and electronic form. Some simpler versions of the findings were also published by some NGOs but nevertheless, the diffusion of information into parts of the society where it is needed mostly has been inadequate. The Internet is a medium used to disseminate information effectively from one to many. The electronic version of the findings is available on the Internet but access to it requires information skills and access to ICTs. It is argued that lack of ICTs and information skills is an obstacle to the empowerment of women and children in Sierra Leone, which also hinders sustainable development.

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2007. Vol. 62, no 3, 71-78 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-26630OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-26630DiVA: diva2:796306
Available from: 2008-12-05 Created: 2015-03-16 Last updated: 2016-09-15Bibliographically approved

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