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Regional WSIS Stocktaking Report 2016, Asia and Pacific

ICT Projects and WSIS Action Line Related Activities in Asia and Pacific

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In the period 2014-2016, WSIS Stocktaking Reports have reviewed 164 ICT-related projects and activities carried out by international organizations, governments, the private sector, civil society and other stakeholders in the Asia and Pacific region, with those in 2016 highlighting the efforts deployed by stakeholders involved in implementation of the SDGs. WSIS Stocktaking reports are based on the multistakeholder approach, including input from stakeholders from all over the world responding to ITU’s official call for stocktaking updates and new entries. The inputs from WSIS action line facilitators and co-facilitators also contribute to the reports.

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Access to information and knowledge

In Bangladesh, the National Portal is a government-wide initiative comprising over 25 000 websites designed to reach the entire citizenry, especially the information have-nots (SDG 4). The portal has grown to generate an average of one million hits per day. Its single architecture, coupled with its look and feel and use of the vernacular make information provision by government officials extraordinarily simple and seamless, lowering the technology bar. A crowdsourcing approach was employed to equip 70 000 government officials to populate and update the content. The massive portal deployment was supplemented by establishing over 5 000 ICT access centres across the country and formulating/reforming the necessary policies.

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