2013. The latest Debate by the UNICEF Office of Research digs with a critical eye into technological revolution and offers a perspective on the connection between structural and social issues and the uneven distribution of communication technologies. Credit: UNICEF Office of Research
2013. The latest Debate by the UNICEF Office of Research digs with a critical eye into technological revolution and offers a perspective on the connection between structural and social issues and the uneven distribution of communication technologies. Credit: UNICEF Office of Research

As UNICEF increasingly takes advantage of digital innovations to expedite child rights, the Office of Research has released its next edition of Research Watch on the subject. Research Watch is a regular series produced by UNICEF’s Office of Research, where key issues affecting the world’s children are discussed by field experts.

This issue zooms in on development, digital innovation and children by discussing the impact of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) on social and economic development. The debate examines some best practices, some pitfalls, and some major opportunities for children.

Although ICTs hold a proven potential for positive impact, many questions remain unanswered. One critical point of debate rests on how technology can improve children’s lives.

Caroline Figueres, Director of the International Institute for Communication, moderates the discussion between: Shafika Isaacs, Independent Consultant on Technology for Education and Human Development from South Africa; Linda Raftree, Senior Advisor Innovation at Plan International from the USA; and Dr Dorothea Kleine, Director of the ICT4D Centre of Royal Holloway, University of London; and Dr Kentaro Toyama, a Visiting Scholar at the University of California Berkeley School of Information.

Watch a trailer of the debate here

Watch the debate here

Read more about Dorothea Kleine’s and David Hollow’s research here

Read the expert commentaries and understand why ICTs support economic and social development here

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