How iCt advances Might
Help developing nations
Some predictions for technology developments,
deployments, and the associated societal implications.
PEopLE MaKE prEdiCtions in hope (and sometimes despair) or in expectation. These simple speculations areabouttechnology, about
how the art of the possible has a habit
of becoming the everyday, and about
how certain advances might help the
developing world. But they are toward
the hope end, rather than the expectation end, of that spectrum—because
technology alone is not enough. To
take optimum advantage of these and
other advances we need to think holistically and must develop some new
business models. I encourage you to
think creatively about not just what
capabilities the information communication technologies (ICT) developments I discuss in this column might
enable but the new ways we might organize to deliver them.
Connection will become more pervasive. The world is connecting. Slowly,
in many places, but every day we understand better how to bring more
parts of the world into the connected
space. So look ahead and hope—
perhaps expect—that nations currently
underserved will be able to join the
networked world, across networks
that are fast, always on, and pervasive-ly available through low-cost devices,
accessing systems that are more intelligent, easier to use, with more natural
We need this connecting more than
ever because we face difficult challenges—differently felt in different nations
at different times, but nonetheless intimidating in their scope and impact.
Among them are six major forces presenting governments of the world with
their toughest problems in the next
decade or so: accelerating globalization, changing demographics, rising
environmental concerns, evolving societal relations and expectations, growing threats to social stability and order,
and the impact of new technology. And
now the world also faces economic
disruption in the form of broad and
deep recession that promises to shrink
global gross domestic product.
Cloud computing will help developing
nations “leapfrog” the developed world.
As connections become more available, cloud computing can become
an important platform through which
emerging nations can access modern
government capabilities and systems.
All governments need financial management and administration as well as