- Tobgay, S & Wangmo, K 2008, ‘Can ICT (Internet) overcome the natural geographical barriers of Bhutan in developing the nation?’, International Journal of Education and Development using Information and Communication Technology (IJEDICT), Vol. 4, Issue 4, pp. 148-158.
This article explores Bhutan and it’s access to the Internet. It provides figures into the growth of the Internet in Bhutan and the restrictions it faces surrounding the infrastructure and culture of the Bhutanese. It also compares the statistics of the Internet in Bhutan with other Asian countries, which provides a nice way to look at its significance in the topic. The article then delves into the government and the education surrounding science technology.
One of the most fascinating facts it presents is that the Internet was not introduced to Bhutan until 1999, 10 years behind Australia. Bhutan is a particularly different country to be looking at, so it was great to find this somewhat recent (2008) article about the technology advancements and the Internet in Bhutan. This aids my research well and gives me further information into the situation in Bhutan, which interests me greatly and fits into our topic for the group project nicely, especially if I can do a case study of Bhutan as an international factor for our project.
The figures presented are accurate from what I have discovered in various other articles and information online.
The best thing about this article is that it looks at the various cultural factors in Bhutan and how these react with the Internet and potential it has in the country. I feel as though that insight is not as strong in other articles that I have come across.
- Thimpu, Y 2010, ‘Media: Internet Bringing the World to Bhutanese’, Global Information Network, New York
This article by Yasmin Thimpu is quite short, yet the reason why I’ve included it is because it looks at particular stories coming from Bhutan and how they relate to the Internet. This also provides insight into how the Internet affects the people directly and their daily lives.
I like how it feels as though it has been written with an inside perspective, and rather than being filled with facts and statistics it is using a more personal point of view. This gives the culture of Bhutan a bit more credit and dismisses the general lack of connection to the people.
Being from 2010, it is still 6 years old, however, you can see the connection of data from Tobgay and Wangmo’s article which was written only 2 years earlier. Thimpu has written other articles on Bhutan so I feel as though it is a credible source coming from some background.
Thimpu also looked at many people in the community, of different ages and professions. The first case was an 11 year old girl and the second one was a 23 year old business student who is hoping to utilise the up and coming trends in online marketing opening up a restaurant and promoting it via Facebook.
While this may not be an overall and expansive case study of the Bhutanese, it gives in depth examples and interlocks these with some statistical figures.