Creating the Smart Society: Social and Economic Development through ICT Applications

Final Report [Question 1/2]

This report describes the concept of a Smart Society and illustrates the characteristics of ‘smartness’ of the technological pillars and components of the Smart Society. It further analyzes the foundational principles for information and communication technology (ICT) to create the Smart Society, such as, ICT resource management and efficiency, data openness, user-centric strategies, Internet of Things (IoT), rural-urban digital gaps, and assessing ICT projects. The report provides useful case studies of the Smart Society in the field of health, learning, energy, agriculture, resource management – water and waste, commerce, and smart transport networks and road safety. It presents challenges and way forward for achieving a Smart Society in developing countries from the viewpoint of ICT policy and regulation, budgets, standardization, and human capital.