Incheon, Republic of Korea - 01 Oct 2010

Russian version of ICT for development (ICTD) publication looks to raise awareness on ICT for development by targeting high-level government officials and policymakers from across the Commonwealth of Independent States and Russian-speaking Countries.

UN-APCICT/ESCAP publishes Russian version of the first eight editions of its new ICTD Briefing Notes Series. The publications, based on the curriculum of APCICT’s “Academy of ICT Essentials for Government Leaders Programme” (Academy) and were showcased at the “Academy National Workshop: Application of ICT in Public Administration” in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on 23-24 September, 2010. The Russian Briefing Notes are designed to provide senior government officials in the Commonwealth of Independent States and Russian-speaking Countries with concise yet detailed analysis of ICT for development related issues and topics related to use of information and communication technology (ICT) for socio-economic development.

Each Briefing Note of the Series provides concise, detailed policy reports and recommendations on ICT topics and related issues. The Briefing Note Series is intended to help policymakers and development stakeholders from the Commonwealth of Independent States and Russian-speaking Countries obtain a better awareness of ICT for development issues and provide them with insight to the ways ICT can be leveraged to facilitate the impact of socio-economic development in their countries.

Briefing Note 1, The Linkage between ICT Applications and Meaningful Development, explores the various dimensions of applications in key sectors of development in Asia Pacific countries. The Briefing Note also highlights key issues and decision points, from policy to implementation, in the use of ICTs to meet development needs.

ICT for Development Policy, Process and Governance, is the title of Briefing Note 2 and focuses on ICTD policy-making and governance, and provides critical information about aspects of national policies, strategies and frameworks that promote ICTD. It discusses key ICTD policy and governance issues, and shows how governments can measure their progress and benchmark that progress against those of other countries.

Briefing Note 3, e-Government Applications provides an overview of e-government, including key elements and concepts, principles and types of applications. It discusses how an e-government system is built by providing detailed analysis of exemplar systems and identifying design considerations.

Providing insight into current ICT trends, Briefing Note 4, ICT Trends for Government Leaders, discusses some of the key technical and policy considerations when making decisions for ICT development in the local and regional context.

Briefing Note 5, Internet Governance, explores the challenges faces by policymakers in developing international policies and procedures to govern the use and operation of the Internet. The Briefing Note pays particular attention to Asia-Pacific region, noting that emerging economies need to understand these challenges if they are to have a voice in the global information network.

Titled Network and Information Security and Privacy, Briefing Note 6 looks at what information security is and how to take action against information leakage and infringement. It provides an overview of the need for information security, information security issues and trends, and the process of formulating an information security strategy.

Briefing Notes 7, ICT Project Management in Theory and Practice, provides an introduction to basic project management concepts that are relevant in ICTD projects, and introduces methods, processes and project management disciplines commonly used by development and ICT service management practitioners.

Briefing Note 8, Options for Funding ICT for Development, notes the financial and technical limitations of funding government plans and projects to deliver pulbic services through the use of ICTs, and explores the ways public-private partnerships (PPP) can help deliver the highest level of public service at a reasonable cost. The Briefing Note discusses these alternative funding options for ICT for development (ICTD) and e-government projects.

Online versions of the Briefing Note editions are immediately available through the APCICT e-Collaberative Hub.