The Role of ICT in social-cultural development

Technology is increasingly being incorporated into the development of the creative and cultural sectors. In spite of the challenges that are being experienced in ensuring that all communities have access to technology, developing countries have demonstrated a willingness to harness their potential to create and distribute cultural content. Moreover, there are many innovations in the development and distribution of cultural content across the world.

Figure 1 outlines the digitization of art.

The digitization of cultural content plays an essential role in protecting cultural identities and increasing the representation of minority groups. In particular, it is playing a crucial role in protecting dying languages from being forgotten. The documentation of languages and minority cultures is ensuring that they are preserved in an increasingly homogenous global environment. For example, the creation of digital libraries and museums is increasing access to cultural content while also ensuring that future generations will have access to these content. Figure 2 highlights the growing push for the digitization of cultural content. Online museums have created a new platform for cultural institutions to connect with audiences across the world.

Fig 2 Future of Museums (Toussi, 2019)

Technology has provided a platform for minority groups to express themselves online. As such, it has allowed marginalized groups to be engaged and to actively participate in the sharing of knowledge (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, 2015). Furthermore, this has facilitated knowledge-sharing and fostered social cohesion.

Technological platforms have gained importance as a mechanism for increasing cultural participation. Modern internet technologies have enabled more people to participate in online cultural activities such as creating, sharing and downloading content. Furthermore, people are able to watch cultural and historical movies online and to stream live concerts. Cultural institutions and other providers of cultural services have consistently sought to use innovative products and services to reach a wider audience.

In light of the insights that have been outlined in this post, states need to embrace a national strategy for the cultural sector. Furthermore, it is essential to retro concert existing heritage resources to a digital form. Stakeholders have increasingly acknowledged the necessity for diverse digital cultural sources.

Several organizations are using technology to preserve art and cultural heritage threatened by the war in the country. The Institute of Digital Archaeology is using 3D technologies to restore the Triumphal Arch, the 2,000-year monument that was destroyed by the war in August 2015 (Ward, 2018). Furthermore, Somali Architecture is using technology to document pre-war buildings and monuments in Mogadishu. In this regard, technology is playing a crucial role in the restoration of destroyed art. Technology is playing a critical role in enabling humanity to retain a sense of shared history.

The quarantines that have been imposed across the world have demonstrated the importance of technological platforms in increasing access to cultural content. For example, many people around the globe can visit online museums from the comfort of their views at this point. As such, technology has increased access to cultural content.

References

Debating Europe. (2016). Does viewing art online diminish the experience? Retrieved from https://www.debatingeurope.eu/2016/03/31/viewing-art-online-diminish-experience/#.XnfeQ2FR3IU

Europa. (2019). Culture statistics-use of ICT for cultural purposes. Retrieved from https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat/statistics-explained/index.php/Culture_statistics_-_use_of_ICT_for_cultural_purposes

Toussi, S. (2019). How technology is changing museum experience. Retrieved from

https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/how-technology-changing-museum-experience-sean-toussi/

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. (2015). Culture and ICT as drivers of sustainable development. Retrieved from http://www.unesco.org/new/en/media-services/single-view/news/culture_and_ict_as_drivers_of_sustainable_development/

Ward, P. (2018). Using today’s technology to preserve the past. Retrieved from https://theculturetrip.com/europe/turkey/articles/using-todays-technology-to-preserve-the-past/

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