Emerging technologies are starting to have impact in the development sector. These technologies are exciting and have the potential to rapidly address large-scale economic, social or political challenges. They include both software innovations, such as big and open data initiatives including earth observation, new platforms based on blockchain technology, and the application of artificial intelligence and machine learning, and hardware innovations such as Internet of Things enabled devices and smart city transformations.
The regional overview presents opportunities for action in order to optimise the use of technology for development outcomes in the Indo-Pacific region. These include approaches to: stimulate innovation in development-enabling technologies, enhance inclusion through inclusive programming and improved infrastructure, increase efficiencies through catalytic investment in capacities, and support a free, open and secure Internet.