Abstract - The Information Society 13(3)

Social equity and prosperity: Thailand information technology policy into the 21st century

Pairash Thajchayapong, Heinrich Reinermann, Seymour E. Goodman, and G. Russell Pipe

This forum presents Thailand's national Information Technology (IT) Plan and comments on the plan by three international experts: Seymour Goodman, Heinrich Reinermann, and G. Russell Pipe. The plan, which was prepared for Thailand's National IT Committee by the National Electronics and Computer Technology Center, is striking for its explicit consideration of social as well as economic goals in its specific objectives and implementation proposals. Agenda item 1 of the plan is to "Invest in an Equitable Information Infrastructure: To Enhance Human Ability and Enhance Life Quality." Implementation of the plan is proceeding well, although somewhat more slowly than anticipated, and support for the original goals and objectives remains strong.

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