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The idea of development has been crucial in focussing attention and targeting resources on excluded and marginal individuals and communities around the world. This paper argues however that this is a dangerously simplistic notion and has been born out of a modernist world-view imposed on societies now characterised by increasing mobility and postmodernity. Near-universal access to and ownership of a multitude of personal connected mobile devices, systems and technologies are gradually but unmistakably transforming the societies, transforming one's ideas about identity, discourse, community, technology, knowledge, space and time. The paper introduces some of the ideas and issues.
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