Information and communication technology (ICT) is an engine of growth and change for the world economy. If this technology is to be harnessed to enhance democratic principles, it must contribute to the creation and enrichment of an educated, informed citizenry; it must incorporate the accumulated knowledge and creativity of the past; and it must anticipate and enhance creativity for the future. In this context, it is essential that ICT embrace a cultural agenda. Development effectiveness depends to a great extent on “solutions” that resonate with a community’s sense of identity—and culture creates that sense of identity. Culture encompasses human knowledge, values, beliefs, behavior, customs, language, ideas, codes, institutions, heritage, rituals, and creative expression —all of which constitute essential signposts for understanding who we are and what we do. If advances in health, commerce, education, and economic growth are to be implemented and sustained, understanding culture is critical.” The G8’s DOT FORCE was launched to help bridge the digital divide and create a World Wide Information Society. But it is unclear that the G8 understand the information requirements that need to be addressed to support online culture. This presentation, summarizing the achievements of panels and contributions on this topic gathered in the last three years, will act as a workshop to prepare an outline of some of the critical issues and policy needs to be addressed and make recommendations for pilot projects that should be launched to fully demonstrate the role of culture in development and poverty reduction. It will bring together representatives addressing the topic of online culture and the digital divide including representatives from UNESCO [ ], Council of Europe [ ], European Commission, and other relevant bodies.[ ]

On Culture in a Worldwide Information Society 2003

RONCHI, ALFREDO
2003

Abstract

Information and communication technology (ICT) is an engine of growth and change for the world economy. If this technology is to be harnessed to enhance democratic principles, it must contribute to the creation and enrichment of an educated, informed citizenry; it must incorporate the accumulated knowledge and creativity of the past; and it must anticipate and enhance creativity for the future. In this context, it is essential that ICT embrace a cultural agenda. Development effectiveness depends to a great extent on “solutions” that resonate with a community’s sense of identity—and culture creates that sense of identity. Culture encompasses human knowledge, values, beliefs, behavior, customs, language, ideas, codes, institutions, heritage, rituals, and creative expression —all of which constitute essential signposts for understanding who we are and what we do. If advances in health, commerce, education, and economic growth are to be implemented and sustained, understanding culture is critical.” The G8’s DOT FORCE was launched to help bridge the digital divide and create a World Wide Information Society. But it is unclear that the G8 understand the information requirements that need to be addressed to support online culture. This presentation, summarizing the achievements of panels and contributions on this topic gathered in the last three years, will act as a workshop to prepare an outline of some of the critical issues and policy needs to be addressed and make recommendations for pilot projects that should be launched to fully demonstrate the role of culture in development and poverty reduction. It will bring together representatives addressing the topic of online culture and the digital divide including representatives from UNESCO [ ], Council of Europe [ ], European Commission, and other relevant bodies.[ ]
CIDOC ADIT International Conference 2003 – St. Petersburg
eculture; globalisation; cultural idenity
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