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Computers, Mobiles and Internet: Can they make a difference to the lives of poor people?

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We regularly hear how new technologies are going to transform poor people’s lives. However many questions emerge from ICTD initiatives and cannot be ignored:

  • What do we use technology for? Who do we think of as being poor?
  • What are the information and communication needs of poor people in the UK and in the developing world?
  • What technologies are available and what are their advantages and disadvantages?
  • Despite the numerous existing ICTD projects, what are the challenges for them to benefit the poor?
  • What is the role of partnerships in ensuring the most marginalised to benefit from ICTD initiatives and how can governments create environment for this to happen?

In this talk, Professor Tim Unwin, UNESCO Chair in ICT4D at Royal Holloway, University of London takes a critical look at the evidence for how new technologies impact on poverty.

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This event is part of the Cambridge Science Festival. It is also part of a themed year on ICT4D (ICT for Development) run by the Humanitarian Centre in partnership with ARM . Throughout 2010-11, the Centre is running events, training and an online directory to engage with a range of audiences interested in ICT4D , including NGOs, academics and the private sector. For more information, visit:

This talk is part of the ICT4D: ICT for Development series.

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