Opening Night – Anriette Esterhuysen

(APC, South Africa)
Final Statement

As a final statement she would like to rap up what has been said, but seemed to be very difficult. A few things haven’t been said.

e.g. What is information for Development?
The Digital Divide seems to be a way to represent the larger Development problems.

We should try not to talk about ICT as a tool, but in terms of access to infrastructure. “Tool” depoliticizes and naturalizes the power dynamics and complexity that lies behind ICT4D.

It is important to think about ICT as an infrastructure. How is this infrastructure is going to be used.

WSIS did have a critique according to Anriette, but maybe not an effective one. But there was the issue of public goods and spaces and this is really important in this debate.