The World Bank Group and UNCTAD are co-hosting the launch of the World Development Report 2016: Digital Dividends.
The report examines how the Internet can be a force for development, especially for the poor in developing countries.
While the report documents many profound and transformational effects of digital technology, it finds that the broader benefits have fallen short and are unevenly distributed.
The report argues that to ensure that everyone benefits, technology adoption will not be enough.
Countries will need to address the "analogue components", for example by strengthening regulations enabling firms to connect and compete, adapting worker's skills to the demands of the new economy, and ensuring that institutions are accountable.
The report partly draws on research undertaken by UNCTAD in the area of the development implications of ICT.
Deepak Mishra, Co-Director, World Development Report 2016
Tim Kelly, WBG Lead ICT Policy Specialist and contributor to WDR 2016
Doreen Bogdan-Martin, Chief, Strategic Planning and Membership Department, ITU
Torbjörn Fredriksson, Chief, ICT Analysis Section, UNCTAD
Michael Kende, Chief Economist, Internet Society
The Economics of the Internet
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