Elitist control of information technology

Other Names:
Privileged access to new social inventions
Technological elite
Concentration of access to information
Telecommunications elites
Techno-military elites

Access to the latest forms of technology is limited by high price and availability to only a small proportion of the population. Such limited control of resources makes possible the creation of new social elites and privileged opportunities for use which may disadvantage other members of society.


This is especially true of information technology, such as happened with the early days of portable computers, fax machines, mobile telephones, and compact disc technologies. The USA controls 60 to 70% of the market for exporting information by computer and has a near monopoly on scientific-technological information.

Narrower Problems:
Lack of internet access
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
Problem Type:
F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Date of last update
04.10.2020 – 22:48 CEST