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Sunday, 12 June, 2016 - 07:41

 

Last month I did some research on the role of ICTs in pursuing the Sustainable Development Goals and I thought that it might be useful to share some of those links here as an open resource. Hat tip to Anand Sheombar and to Linda Raftree for their help to me along the way.

 

Of course ICTs had already found themselves a foothold in the MDGs fifteen years before the SDGs were conceived. It's worth remembering that Millennium Development Goal 8 included Target 18:

           

             MDG 8.18:  “In cooperation with the private sector, make available the benefits of new technologies, especially information and communications technologies”.

 

A few short years later the World Summit on the Information Society built on these humble beginnings to develop an increasingly detailed account of specific ways in which ICTs could contribute to the other 7 Goals. I took part in the WSIS process in Geneva 2003 and in Tunis 2005. I was there as CEO of Computer Aid International and as a member of the Association of Progressive Communications team trying to shape World Summit...

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