Aren't There More Important Things Than A Website For A Poor Rural Village?
from the it-takes-a-village... dept
Technology clearly has a place in helping poorer areas of the world lift themselves up -- but too often it seems like technology isn't used in any strategic fashion, but simply because it's there. That's why it was nice to see India at least recognize that there may be more important things to focus on instead of just handing everyone a $100 laptop. However, one village in rural India seems awfully excited that they've now got their very own website, despite the fact that almost no one in the village has surfed the internet. The website was built by a former villager who left the village to become a web designer. There's nothing wrong with building the village a website, and perhaps opening up new avenues for commerce and communication within the village -- but it seems like some villagers are expecting this one website to do a lot more than it's likely to do. One farmer announces that the website "will be a revolution." Others believe that the website will force the government not to ignore the village any more. They almost sound like companies when they first put up websites a decade ago and simply assumed the world would beat a mouse-driven path to their door. Having a website is nice, but it is not the solution to all of the village's problems -- and having people in the village think so may simply add to the problems the village faces.