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ICT4D Research Study
This study aims to explore the ways in which ICTs (information and communication technologies) may act as amplifiers for development interventions focused on child-relevant MDGs and beyond 2015. In this context, it seeks to examine how ICTs may break – or indeed reinforce – cycles of inequalities. The focus of the research will be on the poor and marginalized, and thus highlight the importance of equity in terms of access, at one level to ICTs themselves, and on another to basic services to children and women.
ICT4D Research Study
This study aims to explore the ways in which ICTs (information and communication technologies) may act as amplifiers for development interventions focused on child-relevant MDGs and beyond 2015. In this context, it seeks to examine how ICTs may break – or indeed reinforce – cycles of inequalities. The focus of the research will be on the poor and marginalized, and thus highlight the importance of equity in terms of access, at one level to ICTs themselves, and on another to basic services to children and women.

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This report explores the ways in which information and communication technologies (ICTs) can contribute to efforts towards meeting child-focused development goals. It serves as a key contribution on which to build informed dialogue and decision making, developed jointly between research, policy and practice.

COORDINATOR(S)

Patrizia Faustini

CO-AUTHOR(S)

Dorothea Kleine; Sammia Poveda; David Hollow
For some years, UNICEF has been researching children’s online risk and safety, promoting digital citizenship, and conducting both programmes for awareness-raising among children and for communication for development through the use of ICT.

A revised version of this report was published in the Journal of Children and Media

AUTHOR(S)

Sonia Livingstone; Monica Bulger
The Internet, mobile phones and other electronic media provide children and young people with levels of access to information, culture, communication and entertainment impossible to imagine just 20 years ago. With many of their extraordinary benefits, however, come hazards. Globally, children and young people tend to become early users and prime innovators on the Internet, and are often far ahead of their parents and other adults in terms of use, skills and understanding. It is becoming increasingly important to both empower and to protect children in this environment.

The Internet, mobile phones and other electronic media provide children and young people with levels of access to information, culture, communication and entertainment impossible to imagine just 20 years ago. With many of their extraordinary benefits, however, come hazards. Globally, children and young people tend to become early users and prime innovators on the Internet, and are often far ahead of their parents and other adults in terms of use, skills and understanding. It is becoming increasingly important to both empower and to protect children in this environment.

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