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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

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...

Call for Concept Notes: Open Science Network

11/08/2014

The Open and Collaborative Science in Development Network (OCSDNet) is pleased to announce the launch of the public Call For Concept Notes for case studies that explore the linkages between open science and development.   OCSDNet aims to support...

Featured Publication

Cyberspace “action hero” issues wakeup call

Cyberspace “action hero” issues wakeup call

Canadians need to wake up to the social forces shaping – and threatening – the Internet they take for granted, says Ron Deibert, director of the digital watchdog group Citizen Lab. An “epochal shift” is occurring that requires an urgent global...

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

Microwork and Virtual Production Networks in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia

As use of the Internet and mobile technologies in the developing world continues to grow at a high rate, there is potential to provide real income opportunities to poor and unskilled workers. Microwork and new virtual job opportunities in the …


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...
Sexual harassment in Cairo: The effectiveness of crowdsourced dataMiddle East and North Africa contribute less to WikipediaNew 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

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...
Sexual harassment in Cairo: The effectiveness of crowdsourced data Middle East and North Africa contribute less to WikipediaNew 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

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...
Sexual harassment in Cairo: The effectiveness of crowdsourced dataMiddle East and North Africa contribute less to Wikipedia 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

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...
Sexual harassment in Cairo: The effectiveness of crowdsourced dataMiddle East and North Africa contribute less to WikipediaNew 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

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...
Sexual harassment in Cairo: The effectiveness of crowdsourced dataMiddle East and North Africa contribute less to WikipediaNew 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
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