Box 44 The downside of ICTs

While it is generally agreed that the net effect of information and communication technologies (ICTs) on reducing poverty and hunger, enhancing education and gender equality, and improving health and environmental sustainability is positive, ICTs do have their downsides. In the area of health, for example, there have been numerous allegations over the years about the dangers of excessive use of ICTs. Electromagnetic fields from antennas and mobile phones are alleged to emit radiation that can...

ICTs and improving maternal health and combating Hivaids malaria and other diseases

MDG goals 4-6 deal with health and have the specific targets of reducing infant and maternal mortality and halting and reversing the spread of HIV AIDS, malaria and other major diseases. One of the main causes of death among young children is a lack of knowledge regarding childhood diseases. Access to information through the Internet could help medical practitioners and parents find solutions to treat sick children. In the United States, a telemedicine project found those parents who used the...

Target 18 Information and communications

The Millennium Declaration acknowledges that ICTs are an important tool to achieve its overall goals ICTs can help alleviate poverty, improve the delivery of education and health care, make government services more accessible, and much more. Target 18 of Goal 8 calls upon the Declaration's adherents to In cooperation with the private sector make available the benefits of new technologies, specifically information and communications. ITU was charged with providing the indicators to help measure...

ICTs and environmental sustainability

MDG Goal 7 has three associated indicators integrating the principles of sustainable development into country policies and reverse loss of environmental resources halve the proportion of people without access to safe drinking water and achieve a significant improvement in the lives of slum dwellers. ICTs enable greater participation by the population in activities to protect the environment through networking, and information exchange.39 ICTs also provide researchers with critical tools for the...