Emerging information and communication technology (ICT) is setting the pace for a changing, competitive and dynamic global community. The transformation process seems rapid, concrete and smooth in developed nations with less promises and achievements in the developing world. These emerging technologies represent the platform for business and socioeconomic development in the 21st century. Therefore, it is becoming a real-time challenge for developing nations to keep pace with the developments taking place worldwide but also to have equal access to its own community in terms of technology literacy and usage for socioeconomic development purposes. Building the infrastructure will not realize quantum leaps in the development process unless it is coupled with concrete projects and activities that engage the community at large with its different segments and groups irrespective of their locations whether urban or remote, gender or background. This paper describes the experience of community development centers in Egypt and its role in diffusing ICT for societal development and digital inclusion based on a review of a number of community development centers models that were implemented since the mid 1980s.
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