ICTs for Development

February 25, 2009

Right here, right now

Filed under: Uncategorized — rafael lazarini @ 6:00 pm

I was thinking about the existent gap between the two different approaches to technology and development: “passive diffusion” and “active innovation”. The passive diffusion perspective supports that the combination of private companies’ search for profit and poor’s search for value will produce ICT development without outside intervention. The active innovation, on the other hand, supports that intervention in form of innovation is required, since the market will not efficiently deliver ICT to the poor.                                                                                                                                            

There are already a lot of work to be done, RIGHT HERE, RIGHT NOW… instead of waiting for new policies, investments, and infra-structure, it’s possible to combine creative solutions to accelerate the passive diffusion with the study and development of innovative projects. I can’t see these two approaches as divergent, but as convergent and complimentary issues.

The matter is not only how to raise the standards of ICT in developing countries, but how to use available ICTs to raise the standards of human development in those countries. For instance, how to converge pervasive platforms such as mobile (SMS), social (Orkut), and broadcast tv networks, to deliver relevant content to Brazilian low-income users? The technology is already there, certainly not in the same standards of developed countries, but it is there. Is it necessary waiting until broadband connections covered the whole country? Or governmental policies force wireless networks to lower their fees? Probably not…instead of high end infra-structure, creativity, relevance, and timing can be the key for ICT  projects in developing countries…

This is the core idea of my research project and I’d love to hear your comments!

Also I’d like to share with you this MIND BLOWING video. Check it out!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpEnFwiqdx8

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