Digital Equity, Sustainable Development and the ICT Professional

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnimagined Futures – ICT Opportunities and Challenges
EditorsLeon Strous, Roger Johnson, David Alan Grier
PublisherSpringer Nature Switzerland AG
Pages220-231
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-64246-4
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-64245-7
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NameIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
Volume555
ISSN (Print)1868-4238
ISSN (Electronic)1868-422X
NameIFIP AICT Festschrifts
ISSN (Print)2730-5759
ISSN (Electronic)2730-5767

Abstract

Digital equity and sustainable development are in the focus of attention nowadays. While ICT professionals and professional societies have contributed to supporting developing countries for many years, it is even more urgent nowadays to take responsibility. Technological and also societal developments are happening at an incredible speed with the risk that underprivileged persons and communities are lagging behind faster and further. A risk that is not limited to developing countries but also affects emerging and developed countries. This chapter describes some major UN initiatives and reflects on the options for ICT professionals and professional societies to contribute to achieving digital equity and sustainable development. These options are illustrated by a few examples of what has been done so far. Most of the efforts to contribute meet challenges and impediments and we list a number of them. Finally, suggestions are made to address the challenges and to increase the impact and long term effect of efforts.

Research Area(s)

  • Developing and emerging countries, Digital equity, ICT4D, MDG, Millennium Development Goals, SDG, Sustainable development, Sustainable development goals, WITFOR

Citation Format(s)

Digital Equity, Sustainable Development and the ICT Professional. / Strous, Leon; Davison, Robert M.; Marín-Raventós, Gabriela.

Unimagined Futures – ICT Opportunities and Challenges. ed. / Leon Strous; Roger Johnson; David Alan Grier. Springer Nature Switzerland AG, 2020. p. 220-231 (IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology; Vol. 555), (IFIP AICT Festschrifts).

Research output: Chapters, Conference Papers, Creative and Literary Works (RGC: 12, 32, 41, 45)12_Chapter in an edited book (Author)peer-review