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  • Bill Ward

What is ICT, ICT4D, and the Digital Divide?

What is ICT?

Information and communication technologies (ICT) are the technological tools and resources used to transmit, store, create, share or exchange information.

ICT tools include any communication device -- encompassing radio, television, cellular phones, computer and network hardware and software, satellite systems and so on, as well as the various services and applications associated with them, such as videoconferencing and distance learning and social networks.

What is The Digital Divide?

There are wide disparities in the extent to which different developing countries, and different socio-economic groups within countries, benefit from ICT. The ‘digital divide’ commonly refers to the gap between those with access to ICT and those without; however, many factors besides physical access contribute to these disparities.

Lack of appropriate products: products are often not designed to meet the needs of the poor, or those in remote areas. These groups can face constraints such as access to electricity (lacked by two billion people worldwide). • Cost: roughly half the world lives on less than four dollars a day. Many potential users are too poor to afford any form of access to ICT. • Education: even where there is physical access to ICT, many people do not have the technical skills needed to benefit from them.

What is ICT4D?

Bridging the digital divide is the goal of ICT4D …

Information and communication technology for development (ICT4D) is a relatively new label for the academic field concerned with the use of ICTs for international development.

Nigeria Broadband Infrastructure Plan 2020-2025

As broadband access is made more available in both urban and rural areas there is a direct, positive effect on every nation’s economy.

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