Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D)
Information and communication are the glue that form our communities and our lives. Whatever our work and our goals in life, we must communicate and access or share information. Whether inter-personal or professional, the exchange of views, ideas, news, and facts influence our daily lives and our personality. Information and communication are intrinsic to all forms of life and nurturing the channels that allow us to communicate together has been part of human social evolution ever since the dawn of our existence.
Some academics and social researchers suggest that we have entered a new age of human existence, the Information Age. We see changes all around us. Technologies have drastically altered our work, our attitudes, our living conditions, our potential. We work on computers and carry mobile phones, use them for play and entertainment, we keep in touch with long distance friends, and stay in touch with news from around the world. The Internet is now shared across continents, with the most users now located in Asian countries.
ICT4D is therefore the application of digital communicative technologies and practices, such as computers and the Internet, to development programs around the world, including right here at home. This means assisting community organizations, social groups, enterprises, and institutions in the acquisition of equipment, installation of small networks, and in the training of staff and members, in order to facilitate and promote access to online information that may be crucial for the success of their projects and programs.
Technologies of Empowerment and Social Change
ICT4D is facilitating the emergence of international networks of organizations and interest groups working together, through communication technologies, in order to augment their efforts through shared initiatives and strategies. Composed of a variety of citizen groups, organizations, unions, and any such conglomerates of agents that ‘buffer’ relations between governing institutions and their constituents, civil society groups, and in particular transnational advocacy networks, have been amongst the most active users of the World Wide Web for mobilizing, publicity, and interaction.
With ICT, groups are able to extend their resources and support the goals and aspirations of similar programs worldwide. Informational civil networks are now a key element of global civil society. With the Internet, these individuals are now able to quickly find the information they need to make efficient and informed decisions that affect peoples' lives.
ICTCoop.org and its Commitment to ICT4D
With a firm understanding of the benefits that ICT may have in our world, it is the goal and mission of ICTCoop.org to assist and support local community groups and organizations, in determining the ways in which ICT may be included in their organization's daily workings, while assisting them with the installation of computers and software, and training of staff in their use. With years of experience, and diverse resources and assistants devoted to the spreading of ICT, our group seeks to work with Canadian organizations such as: ethnic minority groups, First Nations communities, local interest groups, institutions of education, and any such organization that aims social development and empowerment through access to information. Application forms are available for those seeking our support.