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Information & Communication Technologies: Who gets to play?. Rohan Samarajiva Presentation at UNDP Global Meeting on ICT4D, Ottawa, 9-12 July 2003. ICTs, knowledge work & human development. ICT is not synonym for knowledge

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information communication technologies who gets to play

Information & Communication Technologies: Who gets to play?

Rohan Samarajiva

Presentation at UNDP Global Meeting on ICT4D, Ottawa, 9-12 July 2003

icts knowledge work human development
ICTs, knowledge work & human development
  • ICT is not synonym for knowledge
  • ICTs are a necessary, but not sufficient, condition for effective knowledge work in 21st century
  • Knowledge is a necessary, but not sufficient, condition for development
necessary but not sufficient
Necessary but not sufficient . . .

Human development

+ other work

Effective knowledge work at present time

+ other inputs

Information and Communication Technologies

where are we with icts where do we go
Where are we with ICTs & where do we go?
  • Sri Lanka in Asia, as example
    • Current comparison is purposely arbitrary
  • ICT levels/broadband generally correlated with GDP per capita
    • But the e Sri Lanka bet is that ICT can cause wealth to increase; that we need not and should not wait for wealth to give us more ICTs/broadband
infrastructure policy priorities
Infrastructure policy priorities
  • With regard to fixed telephony only?
  • Mobiles?
  • Anything but circuit-switched (ABC)?
  • Internet access?
  • Internet “publication”?
  • To enable E-commerce?
  • To enable E-government?
why focus on e government
Why focus on e-government?
  • It’s the most complicated
    • If e-gov is done, e-commerce (& the rest) automatically done
  • Network and connectivity challenge is greatest with e-government
  • Allows focus on “usable knowledge” in local languages
    • Addresses the chicken and egg problem of Internet access and content
  • Reduces distortion of market signals
e sri lanka
e Sri Lanka
  • Infrastructure: Vishva Grama Fund
    • Multi-service platforms in under-served areas
      • Least-cost subsidy auctions to leverage private investment
  • Vishva Gnana Kendra enabling access through intermediaries to
    • e government services
    • Communication services
    • Education , etc.
resources contacts
Resources & contacts
  • www.esrilanka.lk
  • http://www.ssrc.org/programs/itic/itst/
  • http://www.sussex.ac.uk/spru/ink/knowledge.html
  • Rohan Samarajiva
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