UNESCO Science Report, towards 2030

17 Nov 2015

UNESCO has recently published the UNESCO Science Report: Towards 2030. The report monitors the global evolution of science, technology and innovation (STI) since 2010. The report includes many references to the Internet and ICTs, mainly in relation to infrastructure, ICT innovation, digital development, and online education. Click here for the full report, key messages and the executive summary

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The need for people to gain access to ICT resources and narrow the digital divide is crucial, and is especially relevant now in the light of the Sustainable Development Goals. It is also important to understand how access to the Internet affects the level of economic and social development in a country.

The telecommunications infrastructure is a physical medium through which all Internet traffic flows.

The Internet has opened new possibilities for education. Many different e-learning, online learning, and distance learning initiatives have been introduced; their main aim is to use the Internet as a medium for the delivery of courses.

Internet access is growing rapidly, yet large groups of people remain unconnected to the Internet. As of 2015, about 43% of people had access to the Internet (in developing countries only 34%). Access to ICTs is part of the Sustainable Development Agenda, which commits to ‘significantly increase access to ICTs and strive to provide universal and affordable access to the Internet in least developed countries by 2020’ (Goal 9.c).

The digital divide can be defined as a rift between those who, for technical, political, social, or economic reasons, have access and capabilities to use ICT/Internet, and those who do not. Various views have been put forward about the size and relevance of the digital divide.

 

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