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Information and Societies in Latin America and the Caribbean: Development of Technologies and Technologies for Development (PDF)

Release Date: September, 2011
ISBN 13: 9789210545235
Sales Number: 08.II.G.72 P
356 page(s), 6x9.5
Binding: Electronic
Series: Libros de la CEPAL, No.98
Publisher: United Nations, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean

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The countries of the region have substantially progressed with large-scale application of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to varied aspects of economic and social development: the installation of digital infrastructure, modernization of public administration, digitalization of economic processes to enhance productivity as well as the quality of education and health care, and natural disaster management. Rapid evolution turned ICTs into a real solution for the development agenda. In the effort to use ICT efficiently for development, it is important to bear in mind that these technologies are not an end in thsemselves. Should ICTs be the essential element in the approach applied by information societies to development, or should the different aspects of development rather guide the way this technological revolution is harnessed?

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