Technological apartheid is the denial of useful modern technologies to Third World
or developing nations
. The term is based upon the South Africa
n term ''apartheid
'', partly refers to the practice of keeping certain populations in a separate, lower-class status. It has been used to describe situations that are unintended, such as the absence of computers and information technology
in the favela
s of Brazil
or other impoverished areas.
Some of the technologies in question are dual-use technologies
, advanced technologies which can have both civilian and military applications. Some commentators allege that the issue of dual-use technologies is a red herring
, and that some advanced-sector nations, who wish to keep the Third World nations as poor client state
s, withhold technologies that are essential for economic development
, using the pretext that they will be used for military purposes.
Category:International relations terminology