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Digital Equity, Sustainable Development and the ICT Professional

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.
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Leon Strous, Robert Davison, Gabriela Marín-Raventós. Digital Equity, Sustainable Development and the ICT Professional. Leon Strous; Roger Johnson; David Alan Grier; Doron Swade. Unimagined Futures – ICT Opportunities and Challenges :, AICT-555, Springer International Publishing, pp.220-231, 2020, IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology, 978-3-030-64245-7. ⟨10.1007/978-3-030-64246-4_17⟩. ⟨hal-03194547⟩



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