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Promoting inclusive development in a networked world
 
The spread of networked technologies, such as mobile phones and the Internet, is transforming developing-country societies at all levels. While these new technologies can foster progress, they can also increase social exclusion and restrict individual rights and freedoms.
 
The Information and Networks (I&N) program explores the positive and negative impacts of widespread access to mobile telephones and the Internet in developing countries. I&N works to promote positive social and economic change, particularly in the areas of creative industries, governance, learning, and science.
 

News

Internet freedom champion Carl Bildt awarded Diefenbaker human rights and freedom award

01/12/2014

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird presented the John Diefenbaker Defender of Human Rights and Freedom Award to international digital diplomacy advocate Carl Bildt for his work promoting Internet freedom.    Bildt chairs the Global Commission on...

Research informs Egypt's telecommunications strategy

15/09/2014

​Work championed by IDRC grantee Nagla Rizk contributed to Egypt’s strategy for open source software. In consultation with the private sector, the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT) is encouraging the use of open source...

Featured Publication

Asia Research News 2015 features IDRC-funded projects

Asia Research News 2015 features IDRC-funded projects

​From adapting to climate change in the Himalayas to improving maternal health care for women in Vietnam, exploring how to defuse violence in Pakistani cities, or building new skills for better jobs in Bangladesh, the 2015 edition of Asia Research...

Events

Fighting poverty with technology: Books explore impacts on lives and livelihoods

07/12/2013

IDRC launched two books documenting its contribution to the field of ICT4D at the sixth International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development in Cape Town, South Africa, December 7–10, 2013. ICTD is the world’s...

IDRC, Government of Canada partners on open government initiative

31/10/2013

The Government of Canada is partnering with an IDRC grantee to launch the Open Data Working Group within the Open Government Partnership (OGP) initiative.   The World Wide Web Foundation is leading a research network exploring the impact of open...

Latest Project

Catalyzing Open and Collaborative Science to Address Global Development Challenges

Climate change, environmental degradation, emerging infectious diseases, inadequate access to clean drinking water, and food insecurity affect all parts of the world. However, their impacts on developing economies are highly disproportionate with …


Latest Results

A robust network of researchers in Africa, Asia, and Latin America has delved down to the household level to better understand the changes brought about by increased access to information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the developing...
Information Lives of the Poor: Fighting poverty with technologyFlexible intellectual property rights lead to greater innovation in Africa Investing in Internet access boosts incomes, concludes Latin American studySexual harassment in Cairo: The effectiveness of crowdsourced dataMiddle East and North Africa contribute less to Wikipedia

Latest Results

Research in Africa has shown that flexible intellectual property policies can lead to greater innovation and development.  The Open African Innovation Research and Training (Open A.I.R.) research project investigated the unique collaborative...
Information Lives of the Poor: Fighting poverty with technology Flexible intellectual property rights lead to greater innovation in Africa Investing in Internet access boosts incomes, concludes Latin American studySexual harassment in Cairo: The effectiveness of crowdsourced dataMiddle East and North Africa contribute less to Wikipedia

Latest Results

High-speed Internet access, or broadband, can effectively contribute to economic and social development, but only when it is combined with investments in human capital, such as teacher training and digital literacy programs for women, according to a...
Information Lives of the Poor: Fighting poverty with technologyFlexible intellectual property rights lead to greater innovation in Africa Investing in Internet access boosts incomes, concludes Latin American studySexual harassment in Cairo: The effectiveness of crowdsourced dataMiddle East and North Africa contribute less to Wikipedia

Latest Results

The challenge of collecting data on sensitive issues like gender-based violence is well-documented across the globe. Stigma and shame prevent many victims of sexual harassment from talking about or reporting these crimes. However, new technologies...
Information Lives of the Poor: Fighting poverty with technologyFlexible intellectual property rights lead to greater innovation in Africa Investing in Internet access boosts incomes, concludes Latin American study Sexual harassment in Cairo: The effectiveness of crowdsourced dataMiddle East and North Africa contribute less to Wikipedia

Latest Results

Increasingly, popular sites such as Wikipedia, the world's largest free source of information, shape our understanding of the world. But researchers from the Oxford Internet Institute have found that the online encyclopedia is not always the...
Information Lives of the Poor: Fighting poverty with technologyFlexible intellectual property rights lead to greater innovation in Africa Investing in Internet access boosts incomes, concludes Latin American studySexual harassment in Cairo: The effectiveness of crowdsourced data Middle East and North Africa contribute less to Wikipedia
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