Using Information Technology for Humanitarian Development An Interview With Ed Happ


The role of information technology in humanitarian development is considered in this interview with Ed Happ. Ed describes his experience as Chief Information Officer for the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, founding Chair of NetHope and now as an Executive Fellow at the University of Michigan. Ed discusses the increasing …

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Technology’s Impact This Week March 27th 2018


This week's podcast discusses the controversy over the use of data by the technology sector and the impact of the current high level of concern about data privacy. It also highlights positive applications of information technology and considers the impact of 5G mobile connectivity on the digital divide and whether protectionism being enacted today is …

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The Impact of Information Technology in Canada – Interview With Sean Mullin, the Brookfield Institute


Sean Mullin, Executive Director of the Brookfield Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, discusses the impact of information technology in Canada and how public policy should address it. The interviewer is Peter Carr of the Dept of Management Sciences at the University of Waterloo.  

Technology’s Impact This Week: 17th September


This is the fourth of a possibly more regular commentary on the impact that information technology is having on society, based on recent developments. This post is based on items posted in my Twitter feed: @impactofinfo  Comments on its value and on how it might be improved are welcome to pdcarr@uwaterloo.ca The impact of information …

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Interview With Gordon Feller – Meeting of the Minds


In this audio interview I discuss the Future of Cities with Gordon Feller, Co-Founder of Meeting of the Minds. Gordon examines the issues facing cities today and the opportunities that information technology offers in tackling these and improving the lives of citizens. Further information on the content of this interview can be found on the …

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The Future of Our Cities


Introduction Thre is intensive discussion of the impact that information technology will have on the future of cities and this post summarises many of the areas that will be affected. this information is important for decisions that are being made today by governmental authorities as they consider their investment priorities and the development of their …

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Economic Development Through Improved Internet Access In Developing Countries


In this blog posts on information technology and humanitarian development have thus far focussed on the potential that is offered in tackling specific development problems. Lower levels of connectivity restrict the overall impact that higher levels of connectivity can have. That is the emphasis of this post - the potential for integrated, connectivity based development. …

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The Refugee Crisis and the Role of Information Technology


When people are forced to flee their homes as a result of man made or environmentally created crises they become refugees, some unable to ever return to their homes and requiring permanent resettlement and others who may be able to return at some point in the short or long term. Some national governments have made efforts to …

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Introduction


Information technology has been associated with most aspects of today's society. Most significant areas of most people's lives in developed countries and increasingly in developing countries have a presence of information technology. This blog exists to better understand the implications of this for the world now and in the future. What should we be concerned …

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The Changing Digital Divide and Mobile Technology


The United Nations Millennium Development Goals were discussed in the first blog post on Technology and Third World Development in 2011. The goals that had been set for 2015 were outlined and we are now in a position to understand the areas of success and where more attention may be needed in the future. Development …

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