عنوان مقاله [English]
The Internet is one of the new technologies that can accelerate the progress of developing countries through the approach of developmental communication. The history of these countries testifies to the fact that the transfer of technology without its adaptation with the host country's economic, social, cultural and political conditions will only lead to disruption of their internal order and balance, and eventually pushing them towards becoming an unbalanced country whose various parts are not subsystems of a national super-system. Therefore, employment and development of Internet services in these countries requires care, expertise and study, so that while considering the general conditions of the host country and the causes hindering the impact of this new technology, the scientific process of adaptation and provision of grounds be conducted in such a way that society will ultimately benefit from its advantages and undertake its guidance.
Utilization of the Internet in developing countries has grown rapidly in recent years, but this expansion is mostly an urban phenomenon, and the majority of rural communities still cannot sufficiently use the services existing in their neighboring urban communities. Therefore, relevant organizations such as FAO should lead the development and expansion of the Internet in order to meet the needs of rural and farmer communities, and the comprehensive strategy of FAO should:
- Provide grounds for regional policy-making and coordination with the aim of employment of the Internet in the service of rural development.
- Make the users in developing countries familiar with relevant information services available on the Internet and FAO.
- Support innovative Internet applications and information services for rural development.