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Published on Mar 17, 2008
Uner Kirdars PhD. Has been a leading figure within the United Nations Development Program and is the author of "Humanizing the Digital Age". In an era where almost everything is controlled and operated by computers and digital equipment, not everyone is benefiting from the latest information and communication technology (ICT). Today the use of ICT is seen as a parameter for development as it helps to enhance many services that a State offers such as education and health. But where ICT is not used as necessary a "digital gap" occurs which is what Senior Advisor to the United Nations Üner Kırdar's latest book "Humanizing the Digital Age" is about. "Humanizing the Digital Age" edited by Üner Kırdar is really a comprehensive compilation of declarations submitted to the "Impact of the Information Revolution on Global Developement: How to Humanize the Digital Age" conference organised last may in Kadir Has University in Istanbul and incorporates various authors from different backgrounds dealing with ICT with each of them focusing on the impacts of the information revolution from different perspectives whether it be in terms of emerging market economies or human development. Although the book is written by different authors, it was published as a "UN publication" with the joint efforts of UN Global Alliance for Information and Communications Technologies for Development, UNDP Special Unit for South-South Cooperation (SU/SSC), Kadir Has University, Istanbul-Turkey, Fordham University, New York -- USA and ESADE University, Barcelona-Spain. Commenting on the book, Üner Kırdar stated that the key to success in the information age is to invest in people thus carrying them to the level of the information age, and that it is very important to place human at the centre of the information age. Kırdar added that the number of people using internet and accessing information had to increase all over the world.