ICT and Local Development in Globalilization

Wednesday, July 16, 2014: 10:30 AM
Room: 419
Oral Presentation
Thomas MAVROFIDES , University of the Aegean, Mytilene, Greece
Dimitris PAPAGEORGIOU , University Of the Aegean, Mytilene, Greece
Antonios LOS , University of the Aegean, Mytilene, Greece

In modern times, development is more or less interconnected with globalization. On the other hand, globalization processes are more or less interconnected with the use of ICT. The use of ICT is defined as the access in modern communicative systems, and as a result marks the “presence” or the “absence” of a specific area in the world map, and consequently the ability of this area to attract investments in multiple fields of entrepreneurship.

But what is globalization in analytical terms? Is it a system consisted of state entities which maintain their authority in the regulation of their internal affairs, or it is a system which functions autonomously, transcending states? This paper examines the possible answers to this crucial question up to a final conclusion. Further on, it depicts statistical data from all over the world, in an attempt to document the interconnection of the presence of ICT services in a certain area with the economic growth and the development of this specific area. Finally, it examines the problem of “exclusion” of certain areas from the world map of the economic transactions and the relevant processes of development, under the light of the arguments presented above.