Information and Societies in Latin America and the Caribbean

Development of Technologies and Technologies for Development

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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?



Health and disaster management

Health and disaster management are two service sectors that are crucial for development. At the same time, both are extremely dependent on information and communication processes. A few seconds can make the difference between life and death. Thus, technologies that permit real time interaction are essential. Both sectors also have the need to analyse massive volumes of information, and quality of service is dependent on the intelligence that can be extracted from stored data. ICT facilitate the development of these sectors, by helping to institute new management and support models, assisting in the supply of advanced patient- and citizen-centred services, and providing the means to streamline communication and collaboration among system professionals and providers.


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