ICTD InfoBank: A Knowledge Sharing Portal on ICTD for the Asia-Pacific region
The ICTD InfoBank has been designed and developed by APCICT as a place for online convergence of like-minded individuals and organizations working to strengthen capacities in the use of information and communications technology for development (ICTD) in the Asia-Pacific region. The ICTD InfoBank does not attempt to duplicate the work of other ICTD portals, it aims to provide easy access to relevant resources on ICTD. The resources available in the ICTD InfoBank aims to support trainers and educators in building ICTD capacity, and assist policy makers in making informed decisions.
Resources on the ICTD InfoBank include: publications, reports, journal, articles, working papers, training manuals, guidelines, case studies, video and audio files, and multimedia materials, as well as web portals with links to relevant resources, and blog sites. Users can browse these different types of resources by various topics (e.g. e-commerce, e-governance), by country, or by organization that have published these resources.
The Asia-Pacific Disaster Report is a biennial flagship publication of the ICT and Disaster Risk Reduction Division of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). Its 2017 issue was prepared under the leadership and guidance of Shamshad Akhtar, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Secretary of ESCAP. Kaveh Zahedi, Deputy Executive Secretary and Tiziana Bonapace, Director, ICT and Disaster Risk Reduction Division (IDD) provided direction and advice.
Women and girls are still lagging far behind their male peers in the digital realm, according to a new report launched today under the EQUALS Partnership. The report, Taking Stock: Data and Evidence on Gender Equality in Digital Access, Skills and Leadership, highlights the implications of persistent gaps across different facets of digital technologies.
This report presents findings of case studies of successful women entrepreneurs engaged in ICT business or actively integrating ICTs into their business. A total of 24 women entrepreneurs from 21 APEC economies participated in the research study.
The public sectors of African Portuguese-speaking countries and Timor-Leste (PALOP-TL) have made significant progress in mobilising digital technologies to promote internal efficiency, simplify government procedures and improve the delivery of public services. Nevertheless, fully harnessing these technologies to improve growth, opportunities for income and employment, and public service delivery requires a more profound shift from efficiency-driven to citizen-driven approaches.
The report provides an outline of the value and the functioning of the digital economy, as well as requirements and considerations in terms of ICT and privacy regulation. It explores the issues of online privacy, trust and security, and how these influence and drive online data business models and data markets. It further examines the notion of trusted digital identity and what it means in terms of security by providing examples of digital identity systems.
Despite garnering worldwide appreciation for her contribution to information technology services, India has to contend with serious issues relating to the digital divide. Beginning with a study of the various dimensions relating to the digital divide conceptually, the role of government services delivery in electronic form and its interactions with the digital divide are examined with reference to the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.
Transport and delivery services are critical for ensuring goods ordered online reach the consumer and are returned when something is not right. This paper presents trends and changes in the global logistics system in response to e-commerce. It outlines the frictional costs in e-commerce logistics that need to be lowered for global digital markets to be more widely accessible to small businesses. The paper concludes with options for trade and other policymakers to consider to improve the enabling environment for cross-border e-commerce.
Development of comprehensive data policy necessarily involves trade-offs. Cross-border data flows are crucial to the digital economy. The use of data is critical to innovation and technology. However, to engender trust, we need to have appropriate levels of protection in place to ensure privacy, security and safety.
The November 2018 issue of APEC Regional Trends Analysis begins with a theme chapter on the Digital Productivity Paradox. Digital technology has improved by leaps and bounds, making productive tasks easier and more efficient. However, despite these advances, economists have observed a downward trend in labour productivity growth in the past two decades. The theme chapter explores why improvements in digital technology are not translating to labour productivity growth, finding that industrial-era institutions and policies may need to be adjusted for a digital economy.
New financial technologies such as blockchain, the Internet of Things, and big data offer the potential to unlock green finance. Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and implementing the Paris Agreement will require significant new investment. New financial technologies (fintech) offer the potential to unlock green finance technologies, such as blockchain, the Internet of Things and big data, developed over the same time frame as the Paris Agreement and the SDGs.