What is the Gender Digital Divide, and Why Should it Matter for the SDGs?

This commentary by the World Wide Web Foundation was originally published on the SDG Knowledge Hub managed by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide a landmark opportunity for countries to close the digital gender divide. When UN member states committed to the SDGs, they pledged to: Achieve universal affordable …

Reclaiming ICTs for Development @ITU #WSIS2017

Empowering the Poorest and Most Marginalised To coincide with the recent publication of my new book entitled Reclaiming Information and Communication Technologies for Development (Oxford University Press, 2017), the UNESCO Chair in ICT4D is convening a workshop on Friday 16th June from 11.00-12.45 in ITU Room Popov 1 at the 2017 WSIS Forum being held …

The ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’: Potential and Risks for Africa – SAIIA

Klaus Schwab, the founder of the World Economic Forum, argues that the single most important challenge facing humanity today is how to understand and shape the new technology revolution. What exactly is this revolution, and why does it matter, especially for Africa? The ‘fourth industrial revolution’ captures the idea of the confluence of new technologies …

Artificial Intelligence and Ethics — Where to Draw the Line?: Intl Federation of Informational Processing

(Big data and AI | Open AI) After a 75-year incubation, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become a household word, reflected in popular culture through books, movies and even music. From self-driving vehicles and interactive robots to Apple’s Siri concierge and IBM’s Watson, which is increasingly being used to solve business problems, AI technology is playing …

Automation and the Future of Work; Bringing Women Into the Debate: IDS

International Women’s Day. Thailand, 2015. Photo: UN Women/Pornvit Visitoran. | Lebanon, 2015. Photo: UN Women/Joe Saad | Kenya, 2016. Photo: CIAT/Georgina Smith   As part of IDS Digital and Technology Cluster’s ongoing research into the impact of automation on the future of work we’re keen to understand how a range of stakeholders, from trades unions …

Shaping the Future of Work in a Digital World – Why Should Development Organisations Care? – IDS

On 13th March, IDS together with the Web Foundation and Nesta, hosted the inaugural Digital Development Summit, with the support of DFID and the DFID-ESRC Impact Initiative.This blog post was the first in a series that was published by organisers and participants over several weeks. Here IDS’s Becky Faith and Ben Ramalingam explain why the future …

How to Resist the Exploitation of Digital Gig Workers: Oxford Internet Institute

(What does the gig economy mean for workers rights? | Ethical Trading Initiative)   Internet users will make up the majority of the planet’s population before the end of this year. Most of this digital growth is coming from Africa, Asia, and South America: places where incomes are low and well-paying jobs are scarce. It …

Can We Turn the Digital Revolution into a Development Revolution?

Today, 3.9 billion people – more than half of the world’s population – do not have access to Internet. This is unacceptable. It deepens existing social and economic divides while creating new ones. The digital revolution must be a development revolution for all. To translate today’s technological breakthroughs into development breakthroughs, we need to harness …

Social Dialogue for the Future of Manufacturing

By our guest-blogger Francesco Seghezzi, ADAPT Senior Research Fellow The EU manufacturing output stands for 15% of the overall member states’ GDP and EU has declared that the goal is to increase this level by 20% by the year 2020. However, since 2008 over 3.4 million jobs have been lost in the metal industry and several studies …