Overselling the Web? Development and the Internet is being published in September 2006. The book discusses the role of the Internet in development, and policies designed to increase its impact. The widespread and rapid adoption of the Internet in the developing world suggests that there are real opportunities presented by the new technology. At the same time, Overselling the Web suggests that the overall impact may be smaller than commonly thought and that policymakers should be wary of large-scale subsidies, tax breaks and rollout programs.
Here are the preface and Chapter One. Here's the publisher's blurb, a couple of reviews and a link to the Library Journal's 50 best business books of 2006, where it appears. And here is a short summary article in ITID based on the book. Chapter summaries are available in the Overselling the Web category page (look to your left).