Digital Technologies in Contemporary Cambodia

Authored by: Jayson W. Richardson

The Handbook of Contemporary Cambodia

Print publication date:  September  2016
Online publication date:  September  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138831186
eBook ISBN: 9781315736709
Adobe ISBN: 9781317567837

10.4324/9781315736709.ch30

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Abstract

Cambodia’s modern successes are inextricably overshadowed by its unforgettable 1970s genocidal era of the Khmer Rouge. During this notorious period of time, modern technological advances were viewed as imperialistic tools of the West and were discarded (often in violent ways). Modern technological advances were replaced by a failed attempt to create a utopian society that was marked by a simpler lifestyle singularly focused on an agrarian-based economy. Cambodia’s present has remnants of that history. Those vestiges, however, are quickly slipping into the past. Cambodian citizens of today (especially the youth) are eager and ready to join the digital revolution.

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