Frameworks for ICT Policy: Government, Social and Legal Issues

Frameworks for ICT Policy: Government, Social and Legal Issues

Esharenana E. Adomi (Delta State University, Nigeria)
Release Date: July, 2010|Copyright: © 2011 |Pages: 352
ISBN13: 9781616920128|ISBN10: 1616920122|EISBN13: 9781616920135|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61692-012-8

Description

ICT policy framework is a set of principles and goals intended to govern the development, implementation, adoption, monitoring, evaluation and application of ICTs in organizations, institutions, societies or nations. It provides the rationale and philosophy to guide the planning and development and utilization of ICTs in a particular setting.

Frameworks for ICT Policy: Government, Social and Legal Issues is a reference on ICT policy framework and a guide to those who are involved in ICT policy formulation, implementation, adoption, monitoring, evaluation and application. This comprehensive publication provides background information for scholars and researchers who are interested in carrying out research on ICT policies and promotes the understanding of policies guiding technology.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Business continuity planning
  • Cybercafes
  • Cybercrime regulation
  • Electronic and digital signatures
  • ICT’s role in development
  • Legal responses to cybercrime threats
  • Regulation of Internet content
  • Social issues related to information communication technology
  • Trust in e-government

Table of Contents and List of Contributors

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Preface

ICT policy framework is a set of principles and goals intended to govern the development, implementation, adoption, monitoring, evaluation and application of ICTs in organizations, institutions, societies or nations. It provides the rationale and philosophy to guide the planning and development and utilization of ICTs in a particular setting.

ICTs are always evolving and have been contributing immensely to economic, political, social, scientific and educational development in every society where they are deployed. It is the existence and utilization of appropriate policy framework that would enable individuals, institutions, organizations, nations, or regions to benefit from the developments propelled by the application of ICTs. ICT policy framework is capable of bridging or reducing the gap between those who do and do not have access to ICT. An ICT policy framework is an essential step towards creating an enabling environment for the deployment of ICT for the development of the society. Absence of ICT policy can impede the development of information infrastructure in affected organizations and societies. The availability of ICT policy has the potential of building capability and capacities in the community, thereby enabling individuals to participate in an economy and society that increasingly relies on ICT. Though ICT policies are very important, not all institutions, countries, regions, etc., have been able to formulate, adopt and implement policies. Some that have put ICT policies in place may even have defective ones which would not enable them to derive desirable developmental benefits. Review of literature has not been able to reveal any book that has addressed different ICT policies. This book will therefore bridge this literature gap.

ICT as a field is interdisciplinary in nature. Every field of human endeavour depends on as well as derives benefits from it.  It is there not surprising that contributors to this handbooks are from various subject disciplines – computer science, education, library and information science, mass communication, law, etc. These scholars have addressed ICT policy from their various backgrounds. This has therefore made the book to be relevant to different fields of study.

The handbookbook also has contributors from different world regions – both developed and developing countries. This shows that ICT and its policies have been embraced and adopted in different parts of the world.  The contents of the book would therefore be useful to scholars, researchers and practitioners in different parts of the world.   

This book aims to provide the most complete and reliable source of information on current developments in the field. Specifically, the book will be a source book on ICT policy framework; be a guidebook to those who are involved in ICT policy formulation, implementation, adoption, monitoring, evaluation and application; provide background information to scholars and researcher who are interested in carrying out research on ICT policies; furnish teachers of information technology with necessary knowledge which they can impart to their students/trainees; provide ICT users with information that can enable them to understand the policies which guide technology and how they can make use of ICT components for their enhancement.

The book will be essential reading for professionals, governmental and non governmental officials involved in ICT matters; teachers/academics in the field of information science, technology and management; students, scholars and researchers in the field of information science, technology and management; ICT users; library and information service users, etc. This book will attract professionals, scholars, researchers, etc., from different parts of the world. The publication will provide the audience access to information that will advance research in ICT policies. It will enable individuals to become acquainted with ICT policy process, which will then assist those concerned to formulate and implement appropriate policies. This book will provide teachers, students, scholars and researchers in the field of information science, education, technology and management with useful material on curricular offering. It will enable different ICT users to apply ICTs for the advancement of different areas of their lives. The handbook is arranged alphabetically.

Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Esharenana E. Adomi holds BEd, MEd. MLS and PhD degrees. He attended University of Ibadan, Ibadan and Delta State University, Abraka both in Nigeria. He was secretary of Nigerian Library Association (NLA) 2000 – 2004 and currently the chairman, NLA, Delta State Chapter. He was Acting Head, Department of Library and Information Science, delta State University, Nigeria. January 2008 – February 2009. He received the 2004 Award for Excellence of the Most Outstanding Paper published in The Electronic Library, 2003 volume with an article entitled: “A survey of cybercafés in Delta State, Nigeria” co-authored with two other colleagues. He is a member of Editorial Advisory Board, The Electronic Library, formerly contributing editor, Library Hi-Tech News and currently the editor of Delta Library Journal. He has published over 45 articles in reputable national and international journals, chapters in books and four textbooks. He is the editor of Security Software for Cybercafes published 2008 , Frameworks for ICT Policy: Government, Social and Legal Issues and Handbook of Research on Information Communication Technology: Trends, Issues and Advancements published 2011 by IGI Global, Hershey, PA. His interests lie in ICT policies, community informatics, information/internet security, Internet/web technology and services, and application of ICTs in different settings.