Dana Rawls, Missing Letters: Why the SDGs Could Use a Bit More ICT, The Solutions Journal, Volume 6, Issue 6, December 2015, Pages 36-39 (https://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/article/missing-letters-why-the-sdgs-could-use-a-bit-more-ict/) Abstract: The newly minted UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were released with much fanfare at the United Nations at the end of September. Among its many aims, the 17 goals seek to improve the quality of global education, reduce inequality, and take action on climate change with a seemingly endless arsenal of weapons: from public awareness campaigns; national, regional, and international policy briefings; social media blitzes; and celebrity endorsements. But many feel that one incredibly important and useful weapon isn't being utilized to its full extent. Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D) practitioners have expressed concern that ICTs are not specifically mentioned in any of the SDGs and are found in only four of the 169 targets, such as Target 5.6b, to "enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology, to promote the empowerment of women," and Target 9.5c to "significantly increase access to information … Topics: Business; Communication; Economy; Education; Globalization; Health