Since the early 1990s, in the Western world access to worldwide-created information has become easier and easier. Google, Wikipedia, Social networks, Blogs and countless contributors around the globe have made it possible for everyone to find different information, views and opinions on countless topics over the internet for hardly any price. In this “age of information”, the gaps between developed and less-developed countries do not just consist of the large differences in infrastructure and society, but also in the difficulties for developing countries to get access to this in fact freely available information.

Contemporary technologies, which give access to this information, are seen as key enablers for economic and social change in these countries and are even believed to be catalysts to leapfrog the former industrial revolution, immediately giving less developed countries the possibility to catch up with the Western world. Therefore, many initiatives of the international IT as well as economic community focus on giving less-developed countries access to modern information and communication technologies and train them to use and adapt them to their purposes.

This approach is called “Information and Communication Technologies for Development” (ICT4D).

(For a updated version of this definition see the corresponding wiki page)

was published on 28.04.2008 by Florian Sturm. It files under global
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