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Infopoverty World Conference 2013
INNOVATIONS FOR NATION BUILDING
AND THE EMPOWERMENT OF PEOPLE
March 25-26 2013
UN Headquarters New York
At the present stage of the incumbent digital revolution, facing dramatic events that are changing every aspect of
society, from finance to economy, to development strategies, it is important to highlight the efforts of many
Countries, which have launched or are launching national digital plans, regarded as strategic tools for development
and the empowerment of people.
Even in recent times, many consider Information and communication Technologies (ICTs) as an accelerator of old
praxes, while now it is well understood that they have a strength of their own, which tends to upturn old paradigms
and regimes, creating unprecedented forms of development.
While industrialized Countries are struggling to fully exploit the potentials of the digital era, emerging Countries are
reaping its most innovative aspect, which is the possibility to swiftly acquire competences at low cost so to empower people. The fact that in those
Countries vast parts of the population are young and digitally native, thanks to mobile connectivity and smartphones, and willing to exploit natural
and human resources that for too long have been in the hands of foreign, post-colonial entities, makes this process even faster.
The Infopoverty World Conference, at its 13th edition, highlighted the most strategic and effective aspects of the national digital plans, often the
result of local solutions, or new bottom-up approaches with high communitarian values, to favor social applications and promote the empowerment of
people and communities, with great impact on the most basic needs, such as health, education, food security and decent work.
The 2013 edition continued the work begun in 2001: not just monitoring the digital era, but also supporting and promoting innovative solutions to fight
poverty and empower people, exploiting past results such as the Platform of e-Services that was launched in 2012 also at the UN Commission on
Science and Technology for Development, catalyzing the best stakeholders for a large scale application.
For more information, see the FULL AGENDA or download the PROGRAM of the Infopoverty World Conference 2013.
The live Webcast coverage is available on the UN Webcast Archive