Committee on Information and Communication (CIC)

The WFEO-CIC holds as a duty to help lead forward the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in order for it to be applied globally, and focuses on developing countries where narrowing the gap has become essential.

ICT for Sustainable Development

ICT Innovation in Emerging Economies

Information Technologies for Smart Cities

ICT in Quality of Engineering Education

Big Data Analytics


WFEO-CIC was hosted by the China Association for Science and Technology (CAST) from 2009 to 2015 [Read more…]

The WFEO STC on “Information and Communication”, hereinafter termed as the WFEO-CIC, shall be hosted by the Institution of Engineers India (IEI) for this term from the year 2016 till 2019.

Vision for WFEO-CIC

As a Standing Technical Committee of WFEO grossly dedicated to the field of “Information and Communication”, WFEO-CIC has the responsibility to push forward “ICT for Development” as its guiding line.

The resolutions of WSSD (World Summit on Sustainable Development) and WSIS (World Summit on Information Society) have been the major embodiment of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that are also the major goals for the Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in the early decades of 21st Century.

“ICT for Development” has been commonly accepted as an important theme for implementing both the WSSD and WSIS resolutions and an organization named Global Alliance for ICT and Development (GAID) has been set up by the United Nations.

WFEO–CIC Strategic and Action Plan

WFEO-CIC intends to provide continuity to the excellent work taken up by the outgoing Host and shall further strive for performing the following tasks as part of its activities during the First Year of its four-year term in India:

  • Holding a Review Meeting with the previous Hosts of the WFEO-CIC on the sidelines of WFEO General Assembly at Kyoto (Japan) in December 2015; (Completed)
  • Holding the non-formal, kick-off meeting on the sidelines of WFEO General Assembly at Kyoto (Japan) in December 2015; (Completed)
  • Holding a formal meeting to be attended by Chair, Vice-Chairs and members on the sidelines of WFEO Executive Board Meeting at Paris (France) in March 2016;
  • Taking up and finishing the yet-to-be-finished / ongoing works / projects, obtain suggestions for further activities and finalize methodologies convenient to all members besides ensuring frequent communications between members.

WFEO-CIC shall further strive for performing the following activities, which are quite relevant to the present-day international requirements, as part of the Committee’s Four-year Strategic Plan duly linked to overall WFEO Action Plan, during the rest of its first term :

  • Analyzing worldwide accomplishments in using research data and ICTs and in developing open knowledge environments to reduce the digital research divide;
  • Assessing future objectives and strategies of possible partnering agencies having common interests in the field, with special attention to post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations and the ICSU’s Future Earth Research Programme in the developing countries;
  • Developing detailed mechanism for implementation of the Principles of Preservation of and Open Access to Research Data in Developing Countries;
  • Support to the activities of International Center of South-South Cooperation on Science, Technology and Innovation (ISTIC), UNESCO;
  • Active collaboration and support to the ICT-related activities of Agreement societies of IEI;
  • The implementation of a sustainable, world-wide Information Society and minimization of the digital gap between developed and developing countries;
  • In accordance with the WSIS / WSSD Solutions and the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) :
    • Making efforts to spread the knowledge concerning ICT so that more and more people, engineers in particular, understand why and how ICT can help in transferring the industrial / agricultural societies into information society.
    • Trying to make contributions to the Internet governance led by IGF, a global platform set up by the United Nations in 2006, so that the Internet can be more trustable, more securable, more peaceful, and more constructive to human beings.
  • Making efforts to address important issues raised in the 2012 WSIS Forum and other relevant issues, the following being given special emphasis :
    • ICT for Sustainable Development
    • ICT Skills and Careers
    • ICT Innovation in Emerging Economies
    • Information Technologies for Smart Cities
    • ICTs for Inclusive Growth
    • Women and Girls in ICTs
    • ICT in Quality of Engineering Education including MOOCS
    • e-Governance for Engineering Organizations
    • Cyber Security and Mitigation System
    • Big Data Analytics
    • Internet of Things (IoT)
    • ICT for Healthcare

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