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Ubiquitous Network Societies

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This publication summarizes the materials and conclusion of a workshop held by ITU from 6 to 8 April 2005, organized by the Strategy and Policy Unit (SPU). This workshop served as a forum for policy-makers, regulators, mobile operators, content providers, industry players, consultants, academics and sociologists to exchange information, experiences and visions relating to future ubiquitous network societies. Topics covered include the impact of ubiquitous technologies on the traditional telecommunication industry, the role and application of RFID, privacy and public policy issues. Country case studies on Italy, Japan, Korea and Singapore are also featured.

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Ubiquitous network societies: Extended meeting summary

In line with technological progress, falling prices and effective policies, all societies are becoming gradually more dependent on information and communication technologies (ICTs). As it is generally recognized that the use of ICTs creates social, as well as economic advantages, bringing people onto the net should help build the new backbone of each economy. Indeed, this is reflected in many national and international policies and strategies for the development of the information society. Moreover, the tangible effects of this common understanding can be observed not only amongst the industrialized countries that have already been reaping the ICT-related benefits for many years, but also in the developing and least developed countries, as well as those in transition, all of which are gradually catching up and becoming beneficiaries of the ICTs in a real sense.

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