Harnessing the Internet of Things for Global Development

As world leaders gathered in late 2015 to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), there was much recognition that the tools for eliminating absolute poverty have dramatically evolved since the year 2000 when the original Millennium Development Goals were articulated. Over the past fifteen years, information and communication technologies (ICTs), particularly the Internet, have catalyzed major shifts in the global economy and ICTs are playing a transformative role in improving economic and social outcomes for low income and marginalized populations. A new report by Cisco and the UN ITU looks ahead at a new group of ICTs, the connectivity technologies associated with the Internet of Things, that are poised to reshape development and significantly contribute towards achieving the SDGs.

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