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

IDRC 2014 Research Awards

10/06/2013

IDRC is one of the world’s leaders in generating new knowledge to meet global challenges. We offer a number of research awards providing a unique opportunity to enhance research skills and gain a fresh perspective on crucial development issues...

IDRC grantee receives Partners in Research National Award

06/05/2013

Citizen Lab Director Ron Deibert is the 2013 recipient of the Partners in Research (PIR) Technology Ambassador Award. This award recognizes Deibert’s contributions to enhancing public understanding of the benefits of communications research and...

Featured Publication

ICT PATHWAYS TO POVERTY REDUCTION<BR>Empirical Evidence from East and Southern Africa

ICT PATHWAYS TO POVERTY REDUCTION
Empirical Evidence from East and Southern Africa

Information and communication technologies (ICTs) have been proven to promote economic growth, but do we know that ICTs reduce poverty? This book provides new empirical evidence on access to and use of ICTs and their effect on poor households in...

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

Mobilization for change: the role of the networked public sphere in advancing civic participation and collective action in the Arab region

Networked technologies such as the Internet, social media, and mobile phones are increasingly important for sharing news and information, as well as for organizing collective action. News media reported on the crucial role that social media played …


Latest Results

In August 2013, iHub Research published the results of an IDRC-funded study on developing a Crowdsourcing (information collected from citizens through online platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and text messaging) Framework for Elections. Spanning...
New research shows how social media, crowdsourced data transforms election coverageUsing technology to deliver quality education in Asia Mentoring approach improves evaluation capacity of ICTD researchers in Asia Digital privacy in Asia: Setting the agendaInfluencing pro-poor telecommunication policies in Asia

Latest Results

An IDRC-funded project in Asia found that distance education can be as effective as traditional face-to-face education in delivering quality teaching and a good learning experience. This finding is particularly significant for remote and...
New research shows how social media, crowdsourced data transforms election coverage Using technology to deliver quality education in Asia Mentoring approach improves evaluation capacity of ICTD researchers in Asia Digital privacy in Asia: Setting the agendaInfluencing pro-poor telecommunication policies in Asia

Latest Results

An innovative IDRC initiative is improving evaluation capacities of researchers studying Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICTD). Developing Evaluation Capacity in ICTD (DECI) provides researchers from five IDRC-funded...
New research shows how social media, crowdsourced data transforms election coverageUsing technology to deliver quality education in Asia Mentoring approach improves evaluation capacity of ICTD researchers in Asia Digital privacy in Asia: Setting the agendaInfluencing pro-poor telecommunication policies in Asia

Latest Results

IDRC-supported research has shown that, as more and more people go online in Asia, digital privacy is increasingly seen as an important political and consumer right. A survey of Asian countries revealed widespread concern among citizens about...
New research shows how social media, crowdsourced data transforms election coverageUsing technology to deliver quality education in Asia Mentoring approach improves evaluation capacity of ICTD researchers in Asia Digital privacy in Asia: Setting the agendaInfluencing pro-poor telecommunication policies in Asia

Latest Results

A study on mobile phone use by the poor has resulted in the cancellation of a plan to tax mobile usage in Bangladesh. Surveys on mobile expenditures in several South Asian countries found that nearly half of the poor people in Bangladesh own a...
New research shows how social media, crowdsourced data transforms election coverageUsing technology to deliver quality education in Asia Mentoring approach improves evaluation capacity of ICTD researchers in Asia Digital privacy in Asia: Setting the agenda Influencing pro-poor telecommunication policies in Asia
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