Dividing Digital

A top UN agency says information communications technology in the country needs to focus more on technology as a social leveler. A top UN agency says information communications technology in the country needs to focus more on technology as a social leveler. The report by the UNDP says the government, regulators and other agencies need to band together to improve IT penetration.

The report comes two years after Sri Lanka adopted an ICT master plan to take the benefits of technology and communications to its citizens.

Local software makers plan to make combined revenue of half a billion US dollars in 5 years by sustaining industry growth at 30 percent a year.

It is a challenge, when considering the country’s low computer density.

A UNDP study that looked at ICT for human development in Sri Lanka, says there is less than one PC for every one hundred people in the country.

More developed countries like the US have around 80 PC’s for every one hundred people.

Progress has been slow on the e-Sri Lanka project, a strategy to take the benefits of ICT to the population, adopted by the previous government two years ago