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Report on the World Summit on the Information Society Stocktaking 2008

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The aim of this report is to update stakeholders on activities undertaken by governments and other organizations with regard to the achievement of WSIS objectives and targets in the period of time from end 2005 to mid 2008. This report is a continuation of the WSIS Stocktaking Report series, which was officially launched at the Tunis Summit in November 2005, and that time reflecting the flagship activities carried out by the WSIS stakeholders during the two phases of the Summit and submitted to the WSIS Stocktaking Information System. The WSIS stocktaking process was initiated by the WSIS Executive Secretariat in October 2004, aiming to provide an inventory of activities carried out by governments and other stakeholders (international organizations, business companies, civil society and other entities) in order to mark the progress accomplished in pursuance of WSIS goals.

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The Evolving Information Society

Since the Tunis Summit, governments and stakeholders have undertaken many initiatives and projects to bridge the digital divide. The general trends identified a positive development in the growing use of ICTs in the majority of countries. The following component of this report presents an overview of general trends and specific efforts undertaken by the international community in addressing WSIS goals. The bridging the digital divide part focuses mainly on analysing the use of mobile, Internet and broadband technologies worldwide. The section on creating an enabling environment outlines regulatory reform trends and highlights the need for a fundamental shift in policy and regulatory frameworks to enable countries to achieve WSIS targets by 2015. The capacity building and ICT services part draws attention to capacity-building initiatives undertaken so far by the international community and outlines ICT services mainly focusing on e-health, e-government, e-environment and e-agriculture. The section on building security in the virtual world focuses on the real and significant risks posed by cybercrime and provides for strategic mechanisms to meet the global challenges in building confidence and security in the use of ICTs.

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