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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

IODC 2015: Showcasing the social and economic promise of open data

IODC 2015: Showcasing the social and economic promise of open data

More than 1,000 people attended the 3rd International Open Data Conference (IODC 2015) in Ottawa in late May, helping to illustrate how far the open data revolution has advanced in recent years. At least 1,300 others watched conference webcasts, and...

Events

Highlight: IDRC sponsors Caribbean symposium on impact of Internet on economic growth

12/05/2015

An IDRC-sponsored symposium exploring the impact of the Internet on economic growth and public service delivery in the Caribbean was held in Saint Andrew, Jamaica, on May 12, 2015. Discussions from the symposium will feed into the 2016 World...

Highlight: Kenya selects first research chair on health systems

31/03/2015

The Kenya National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI), in collaboration with IDRC, launched Kenya’s first Research Chair on March 31, 2015 in Nairobi. Professor Fabian Omoding Esamai, the current Principal of Moi...

Latest Project

Strengthening Information Society Research Capacity Alliance III

This project will address the gaps in research on how openness can contribute to better development outcomes. What are the benefits, costs, and risks of openness in developing countries? What are the implications of transparency and …


Latest Results

IDRC-supported conferences, tutorials, and internships in Asia, Africa and Latin America are building the capacity of young researchers to inform telecommunications policy. Communication Policy Research: south (CPRsouth) conferences showcase the...
Training young researchers to influence telecommunications policyNew books highlight diverse ways ICTs contribute to developmentInformation 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

Latest Results

Two recently published open access books present the findings of IDRC-funded research exploring the impact of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in developing countries. These books provide important insights into the increasingly...
Training young researchers to influence telecommunications policy New books highlight diverse ways ICTs contribute to developmentInformation 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

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...
Training young researchers to influence telecommunications policyNew books highlight diverse ways ICTs contribute to development 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

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...
Training young researchers to influence telecommunications policyNew books highlight diverse ways ICTs contribute to developmentInformation 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 study

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...
Training young researchers to influence telecommunications policyNew books highlight diverse ways ICTs contribute to developmentInformation 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
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