Building Digital Bridges

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This report looks at efforts by stakeholders at the local, national and international level to bridge the digital divide. It reviews the role of new technologies, multi-stakeholder partnerships and ICT indices in reducing the gap, taking an in-depth look at the cases of Australia, Hong Kong, India, Korea (Rep. of) and Malaysia. The report also proposes a methodology for the development of a composite Digital Opportunity Index (DOI).



Foreword and Acknowledgments

This ITU publication has been prepared to coincide with the second phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), to be held in Tunis (Tunisia) from 16 to 18 November 2005. The report presents an extended summary and a selection of background papers and case studies prepared under two conferences that were held in the Republic of Korea as part of the Digital Bridges Initiative in 2004 and 2005. This initiative was created in 2004 as an ongoing project of a multi-stakeholder partnership formed by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the Ministry of Information and Communication of the Republic of Korea (MIC) and the Korea Agency for Digital Opportunity (KADO) to promote the achievement of goals set during the first phase of the WSIS Summit, particularly those dealing with measuring and bridging the digital divide.


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