The concept of development as freedom can be seen as an expansion process of real freedoms people enjoy, associated with their freedom of choices in social, political and economical spheres. Certain international agencies propose that Information and Communication Technology (ICT) allow this development to be reached more efficiently and quickly. While there are success stories galore, there is acknowledgement of not all investments in ICT bringing positive effects towards development. Following this development approach and choice framework, this paper discusses how the use of ICT can promote a more effective development, buy studying the case of Sudotec (an association for technological and industrial development in the southwest of the state of Paraná, in Brazil). It is a non-profit organization that saw in ICT the opportunity to change the local scenario. The results revealed positive effects of the use of ICT in social, economical and cultural spheres, not presenting political effect.
Coelho, Taiane Ritta and Segatto, Andréa Paula, "Contribution of ICT (Information and Communication Technology) for development: a case study in Brazil" (2013). CONF-IRM 2013 Proceedings. 10.