Linha de pesquisa: Administração, Análise e Tecnologia da Informação
The relationship between technology and sustainability has been increasingly paradoxical in our century. If on one hand the technological development has brought great advances in the quality of life and productivity in many regions of the world, on the other hand its omnipresence in all spheres of human life and the different levels of penetration in different areas has also been a source of tensions and criticism. Recent research in the information systems (IS) field point to a positive contribution of ICT - information and communication technologies - for sustainable development, in particular its necessary alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations, in various areas of activities, such as fighting poverty and inequalities, improving health, education, employment and many other topics. The positive effect is mainly through increased access to information and reduction of communication costs. Internet and mobile phones have great potential for improving health and education systems and in fighting regional and social inequalities, as well as proctecting the environment.
However these benefits are not being fully realized for a number of reasons of a different nature, which can be analyzed from different perspectives. In this interdisciplinary course we discuss the different roles that ICT can play to sustainable development. The focus is the Brazilian scenario, but during the course will be extensively discussed examples of other cultures and territories. This theme, which has already been internationally known as ICT for Good (alignment of Information and Communication Technologies with the Sustainable Development Goals), has produced extensive bibliography that will be widely used during the course.