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ICT-Centric Economic Growth, Innovation and Job Creation

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The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) embody a universally shared vision of progress towards a safe, just and sustainable space for all human beings. The book, “ICT-centric economic growth, innovation and job creation”, written by leading scholars and experts from around the world, aims to address the challenges and opportunities offered by ICTs in the areas of innovation, governance, education, job creation and economic growth.This book, launched World Telecommunication Development Conference 2017, presents an in-depth roadmap for sustainable economic growth by exploiting the recent developments in information and communication technology (ICT) to create an environment that nourishes ICT-centric innovation and generates new job opportunities. It describes the key elements in the ICT-centric ecosystem for economic growth, innovation and job creation, covering policies, strategies, mechanism and tools that are indispensable in creating and maintaining a healthy, vibrant, adaptable and environmentally friendly setting for sustainable economic growth. It also highlights the roles and responsibilities of different stakeholders in the ICT-centric ecosystem, including governments, industry, academia, investors, entrepreneurs, and citizens. It focusses on discovering and analyzing the multiple interrelations between ICT dynamics and the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) established in 2015 as a universal set of goals, targets and indicators that UN Member States will be expected to use to frame their agendas and policies over the next 15 years.

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Digital Divide and Digital Multiplier: A Paradigm Shift through Innovation

This chapter discusses the key factors that facilitate and support the creation of an environment in which innovations are more likely to succeed, and highlights recommendations to make Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) key enablers in realizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These recommendations arise from adopting a multi-stakeholder approach to support innovations. The stakeholders' roles are analyzed by focusing on how they interact through ICT-enabled platforms that allow establishing new and previously unachievable interconnections in the development of innovations. Examples of such ICT-enabled platforms are discussed by focusing on their potential benefits and associated risks, which ultimately depend on the existence of proper technologies as well as an enabling policy, regulatory and economic environment to support different pillars in the innovation ecosystem, including the role of gender in innovation, and the potential for positive spillovers to create digital multipliers that foster useful innovations and enhance productivity.

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