Seemingly ubiquitous digital technologies have become part and parcel of the development agenda, its bright and dark sides being juggled constantly. In the last 30 years, most digital innovation waves have pushed for national public policy design that facilitates their diffusion. Despite limited institutional and human capacities, especially in low and low-middle-income contexts, countries in the Global South have followed suit usually with the support of external parties. Nevertheless, research on digital technologies public policy design and implementation is still incipient. Moreover, the jury is still out deliberating on the linkages between digital technologies and development. This chapter examines the links between public policy, key development models and digital technologies proposing new research areas and suggesting key foundational elements for a critical theory of digital technologies within the Human Development paradigm.
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