This is a collection of case studies conducted by seven young researchers from six countries - Brazil, Costa Rica, Egypt, India, Kenya and South Africa - looking at the emerging relationship between sustainable development (SD) and the information society (IS). The diversity of the issues uncovered by the researchers points to the fact that each country’s opportunity to advance SD goals through careful planning of IS policy may be different. What remains true across all of the national contexts presented here is the need for decision makers from the two policy arenas - SD and IS - to consult academics, practitioners and civil society members from both fields, and perhaps most importantly, each other.
Published as part of the same project, but not appearing in A Developing Connection, is Mobile Telephony as an Enabler of Environmental Action in the Philippines [PDF,306 kb] by Dolma T. Dongtotsang and Robert A. Sagun. The authors give an overview of SMS-based environmental initiatives aimed at advancing environmental action and involving concerned citizens to report on environmental threats like smoke-emitting vehicles, mismanagement of water resources, illegal logging, and industrial water and air pollution.