The sustainable development goals, the ICT industry and ICT4D research

Wynn, Martin G and Jones, Peter (2018) The sustainable development goals, the ICT industry and ICT4D research. In: Struggles and Success in the Pursuit of Sustainable Development. Routledge. (In Press)

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Abstract

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), agreed to at the United Nations (UN) in 2015, were an agenda for global change and sustainability for the next 15 years, but the program made little mention of the potential role of the information and communications technology (ICT) industry. ICT is a key enabler of such widespread change, and this chapter assesses the potential involvement of the ICT industry in the advancement of the SDGs. A review of key reports from major industry entities reveals the significant business opportunities perceived by these ICT companies and highlights the critical role of governments in creating appropriate infrastructures for, and funding of, ICT. The chapter also discusses key issues emerging from these reports in the context of current research in the ICT for Development (ICT4D) field. The rapid pace of technological development may revolutionize how the SDGs will be pursued and achieved around the world, but there are tensions between the imperatives of the SDGs and the pursuit of economic growth.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: SDGs, Sustainable Development Goals, ICTs, ICT industry, technology change, ICT4D research.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HF Commerce > HF5001 Business > HF5387 Business Ethics
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Business and Technology > Technical & Applied Computing
Research Priority Areas: Applied Business & Technology
Depositing User: Anne Pengelly
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2018 14:49
Last Modified: 04 Aug 2018 22:06
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/5820

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