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?




ICT are transforming economic activities by increasing the efficiency of firms’ production processes through the creation, dissemination, accumulation and exchange of information and knowledge. Electronic business is not limited to the marketing of products and services over the Internet (e-commerce), but, rather, constitutes a comprehensive strategy designed to digitize business, with the goal of maximizing the value of the client and the profitability of the business, by optimizing internal and external processes through the use of ICT. This approach has rapidly been adopted by firms in various economic sectors, and plays an ever larger role on the world stage. Thus, ICT use has become a prerequisite for competitiveness in many economic activities, especially where globalized markets are involved.


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