The ever-increasing use of information and communication technology and the constant expansion of telecommunications and Internet networks bring forth the progressive evolution of the society. Generating knowledge and facilitating an on-going, transparent and democratic information flow are essential elements to bring about significant leaps towards wealth generation and improved quality of life.
These gains are readily perceived in the betterment of daily activities, in the gradual elimination of red tape in public services; in the intensification of community relations; in the acquisition and construction of knowledge; in the agility of online transactions between people and corporations and between people and government; in new skills for the job market; and in social and economic development.
Just like any other technological transformation, it can widen social and economic inequality. Strategies to reduce this digital gap require extra effort and special technology and techniques. Elaborating policies and creating mechanisms to digitally include individuals at risk of being excluded could be a unique opportunity to prevent social injustices and bring about significant advances for the entire population, especially in Brazil.
The following lines of research and development are directly connected to the subject of e-Government and Digital Inclusion: