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Connect Arab Summit 2012

ICT for Sustainable Development: Projects and Initiatives

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The Connect Arab Summit builds on the success of two such preceding events: Connect Africa 2007 and Connect CIS 2009. The Summit which is organized by the International Telecommunication Union in partnership with the League of Arab States (LAS), and is hosted by Qatar’s Supreme Council of Information and Communication Technology, ICTQatar, comes at an opportune time. First, the fifth World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-10) of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) which was held from 24 May to 4 June 2010 in Hyderabad, India adopted the Hyderabad Action Plan. The Action Plan adopted five Arab States Regional Initiatives which are intended to address specific telecommunication/ information and communication technology (ICT) priority areas, through partnerships and resource mobilization to implement small, medium and large scale projects. These prioirity areas are Broadband Access Networks, Digital Broadcasting, Open-Source Software, Arab Digital Content and Cybersecurity.

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Memory of the Arab World: Preserving Arab Heritage

To further strengthen the cultural and preserve the Arab heritage, it is important to use technology to capture the Memory of the Arab World. By use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), particularly the Internet, the Arab heritage on human civilization, particularly its wealth in archaeological sites, architecture, arts, scientific, cultural, musical, manuscripts, folklore and many others, where Arab scientists and scholars have made notable contributions can be documented and disseminated widely. It is critical to engage the national and international specialized organizations in the Arabic World for this purpose. Capacities of professionals in the fields of conservation and documentation of cultural and natural heritage could be further enhanced. By using state-of-the-art technologies in Virtual Reality such as 3D Projection, Holograms and Natural Interaction, a virtual museum of the Arab heritage can also be shared. An effort to digitize books on Arab heritage can be undertaken while taking into account copyright issues to increase Arabic content on the Internet.

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