What is ICT ? - # 2 - Some Definitions
The definition of ICT needs a serious consideration of the
general confusion in the understanding of the word 'Technology' - for without a clear understanding of 'Technology' much of the
rest of this site cannot hang together. Quite simply, as I declared in my Presidential Address (EIDCT 1987) "Technology
Is Not Things - but People". Prof. G B Harrison (Ex Trent
Polytechnic) gives us this definition:
Technology is the process of using scientific, material and human resources in order to meet human need or purpose.
If we then consider a simple definition of Information as 'that which can be communicated and understood' , we can then put together a basic definition of IT as:
Information Technology is the use of information in order to meet human need or purpose.
The definition of ICT therefore became: the use of information in order to meet human need or purpose including reference to the use of contemporary devices such as the Internet. However, in an ever-changing world of Video-phones, mobile computing, blogs, Skype and OSS perhaps we should no longer just include the Internet, but leave the definition at 'contemporary devices...?'