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Social Equity and Integrity through ICT: A Critical DiscourseAnalysis of ICT Policies in Bangladesh
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Informatics and Media.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Information Communication Technology (ICT) is in the discourse of international development,which is often considered as the key to socio- economic development in the sense that it helps tosolve social problems and increases the rate of economic growth. ICT policies are situated in thiscontext. Many international agencies advocate certain policies in order to accelerate economicgrowth and development in so-called developing countries. In 2009, Bangladesh enacted itsNational ICT Policy setting a broad vision to establish a transparent, responsive and accountablegovernment; developed skilled human resources; and to enhance social equity through anextended use of ICT. Following this vision multiple objectives have been addressed where socialequity and integrity are prioritized in the name of developing a socially equitable and integratedsociety through ICT. The research task of this work is to analyze the discourse of this strategyand to compare it to social reality. The ‘Theory of Communicative Action’ (TCA), which isbased on the four validity claims - truth, legitimacy, sincerity, and clarity - is used to demonstratehow social equity and integrity are addressed as objectives and what claims are made in theaction items with regard to these two objectives and how far such claims reflect social reality.Keywords:Information Communication Technology (ICT), National ICT Policy, Social Equity, Integrity,Communicative Action Theory, Critical Discourse Analysis, Validity Claims, ICT4D, CriticalTheory, Critical Information Systems research.

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2012. , 111 p.
Keyword [en]
Information Communication Technology (ICT), National ICT Policy, Social Equity, Integrity, Communicative Action Theory, Critical Discourse Analysis, Validity Claims, ICT4D, Critical Theory, Critical Information Systems research.
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Media and Communications
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-169139OAI: diva2:505106
Subject / course
Media and Communication Studies
Educational program
Master Programme in Social Sciences
Available from: 2012-02-27 Created: 2012-02-23 Last updated: 2012-02-27Bibliographically approved

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