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La división digital del desarrollo

ESTOCOLMO – El 25 de septiembre, los líderes mundiales se reunirán en Nueva York para adoptar los nuevos Objetivos de Desarrollo Sostenible. Los ODS, que comprenden 17 objetivos y 169 metas relacionadas, son el resultado de exhaustivas negociaciones políticas, y marcarán los estándares de referencia en los próximos 15 años para alcanzar el objetivo preponderante de la comunidad internacional: "poner fin a la pobreza en todas sus formas y en todas partes".

Los ODS son nobles y por cierto ambiciosos. Sin embargo, en un momento de profundo cambio científico y tecnológico, siguen siendo notoriamente convencionales. La tecnología de la información -el desarrollo social y económico decisivo de este siglo- sólo recibe una breve mención (en una de las sub-metas). En ninguna parte del documento hay una mínima sugerencia del papel revolucionario que puede desempeñar la naciente explosión en conectividad, información y datos a la hora de erradicar la pobreza.

No se puede dudar del impacto que la tecnología de la información tendrá en el crecimiento económico. Gobiernos, políticos y organizaciones internacionales deben utilizar el potencial de Internet para impulsar el desarrollo global y el empoderamiento individual.

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