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13th Annual Mortenson Distinguished Lecture

Jesus LauJésus Lau

Information Competencies:
A Bridge to Narrow North-South Knowledge Gaps

September 23, 2003

Abstract: Knowledge is readily accessible through the Internet to some citizens of southern developing countries, and they have learned how to use it. However, many other citizens lack the information skills and competencies to access, use, and interpret such knowledge, even when it is produced by their own think tanks. Literacy was a paramount goal in most economically evolving countries years ago and many have now reached acceptable standards. But reading is no longer enough. Today, educated and involved citizens must be able to use technology intelligently. Information competencies are a must for evolving societies if they want to bridge the international knowledge gap and pursue speedier development.

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