ERIC Number: ED405851
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Information and Communication Technologies in Development: a UNESCO Perspective.
United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Paris (France).
The rapid development and use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) has a direct and dramatic impact on all aspects of life. The traditional distinctions among media, publishing, telecommunications, computing, and information services have become blurred, and new paradigms for creation, dissemination, and exploitation of knowledge continue to evolve. In this transformation from an "industrial" to an "information" society, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) has a unique intellectual and ethical mandate to make these new technologies work for social, cultural, and economic development, in the interest of democracy and peace. This report focuses on the social, cultural, ethical, and legal implications of the information revolution, with emphasis on its impact in areas of public concern such as education, libraries, cultural production and exchange, the media, research, and environmental management. The report discusses policy aspects of electronic media, and experiences and proposals relevant to efforts of public institutions, governments, and other development actors to implement these evolving technologies in the developing world. The report contains five sections: (1) Introduction; (2) Technology for Development or Development for Technology? (3) Key Priority Areas and Future Possibilities; (4) Constraints To Realizing the Potential of ICTs in Developing Countries; and (5) Action Needed To Release the Developmental Potential of ICTs. (Contains 21 references.) (Author/SWC)
Descriptors: Change, Computer Networks, Developing Nations, Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Government (Administrative Body), Information Dissemination, Information Industry, Information Management, Information Technology, Internet, Libraries, Mass Media, Public Agencies, Schools, Technological Advancement, Telecommunications
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Paris (France).