Tim Unwin (https://twitter.com/TimUnwin) is a prominent academic involved in the economics surrounding ICTs. In 2010 Mr. Unwin was interviewed after the ICT4D (ICT for Development Conference) in Berlin Germany, where he shared his views about developing rural and poor areas of the world through ICTs. The video I have chosen for this week is his interview, which is roughly 7 minutes long.
In relevance to this weeks reading the interview video, "Measuring the Impacts of Information and Communication Technology for Development," and "The Economics of ICTs and Global Inequality" all discuss development of nations and societies through Information and Communication Technologies. One of the points Mr. Unwin made in his interview was that ICTs can exasperate economic variances between groups, or it can help close them. This was one of the fundamental aspects of "The Economics of ICTs and Global Inequality;" in the abstract it stated ICTs are "currently a force for global
economic divergence" (Heeks, and Kenny, 2002). Unwin stated in his interview that "ICTs can re-enforce existing power relationships, or change them," the quintessential take away from the paper by Heeks and Kenny.
This video is important because it expresses how ICTs can help mutually benefit societies and economies if they are properly utilized. Unwin focused on integrated rural farmers into the global market through ICTs and how those connections would benefit all of us. I found this video extremely interesting because Mr. Unwin's arguments are so sound it makes me wonder why we are not promoting initiatives like this more; the entire world stands to benefit from an increase in communication and expanding the global market to reach every rural area and society.
Hope you all enjoy, and I look forward to watching the videos you post!
FYI - here are some other interviews from the conference, they are all very interesting!!! (I selected Mr. Unwin's because of his notoriety, good speech, and the alignment of his topic with this weeks readings.)
This question was asked on Jan 28, 2013 and answered on Jan 29, 2013.
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