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Arabia online: internet diffusion in Jordan

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Internet adoption is a fundamental antecedent to online commerce, electronic government and mobile services paradigms of computer-mediated communication. Each of these internet modalities has the ability to enhance the growth and productivity of emerging economies and the process through which these technologies are adopted and used in developing nations is important to understand for this reason. This research proposes to increase the understanding of internet diffusion processes and the use of internet applications to advance economic productivity and social well-being in the emerging economy of the Kingdom of Jordan, where HM King Abdullah II recent technology initiative appears to be aimed at leveraging the internet as a means of national competitive advantage.

Keywords: Arabia, Jordan, King Abdullah II, Middle East, developing countries, internet diffusion, technology diffusion, world wide web, emerging economies, internet adoption

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