ITID Special Issue: Harvard Forum II

The Harvard Forum II gathered Nobel laureates and eminent technologists, economists, and communications researchers and practitioners from across the globe at Harvard University last September 2009. Sponsored by Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC) and hosted by the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, the conference offered an opportunity to reassess ICT4D in the years since the first Harvard Forum in 2003, while focusing on a forward-looking discussion of ICTs, human development, growth, and poverty reduction. The submissions in the ITID “Special Edition” come from the world’s foremost thinkers on ICT4D, and, like the landmark publications from Harvard Forum I, they chart a course for innovative and important work in the field.

Selections include:

—Nobel laureate Michael Spence on the growth goals ICTs may be able to put in reach

—Nobel laureate Amartya Sen on the balance between the mobile’s positive and dangerous potentials

—William Melody on enacting openness through telecom reform

—Alison Gillwald on the urgent need for indigenous ICT research in Africa

—Ethan Zuckerman on decentralizing the mobile phone

—Anita Gurumurthy on moving ICT4D efforts beyond neo-liberalism

—Yochai Benkler on continuing decentralization through ICTs after the mobile phone

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