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Bill Clinton: Technology can be catalyst in building sustained social and economic development

At WPC 2010, Bill Clinton, spoke about the need for sustainable systems and how IT can be a key catalyst in building a virtuous cycle of sustained social & economic development. He pointed out how IT revolution has led dramatic improvements in productivity, access to information, and prosperity for those at the top of pyramid, but noted that for more than 5 billion people, the opportunity to learn, connect, create, and succeed remains elusive. He noted that the job of the 21st Century is to build up this inequality and said the most important question we need to answer in the next 20-40 years is “How?”.

“Technology can also play an essential role in helping to address some of the globes toughest challenges.

For e.g. Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is working with Infusion Development to develop Haiti Integrated Government Platform (HIGP), to support efforts of the government of Haiti, get back up and running. Another example is of Microsoft partner Twisted Pair, who worked with World Food Programme on a ground-breaking telecommunications solution that’ll help the agency deliver and monitor aid to some of the most remote parts of the world,” revealed Microsoft.



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