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World Information Society Report 2006

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The second edition of the World Information Society Report: Beyond WSIS, published by ITU and UNCTAD, looks beyond the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS, Geneva 2003 - Tunis 2005) to the creation of an inclusive, people-centred and development-oriented Information Society, open to all. The report tracks progress in digital opportunity for 181 economies over the past few years since the start of the WSIS process and is accompanied by a series of tables providing the latest statistics on the development of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) worldwide. The report has been created by the "Digital Opportunity Platform", an open multi-stakeholder platform with contributions from governments, private sector, academics and civil society, as well as inter-governmental organisations.

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Towards an Information Society for All

The World Summit on the Information Society made a strong commitment towards building a people-centred, inclusive and development-oriented Information Society for all, where people can access and utilize information and knowledge. This Report responds to the call of the Geneva Plan of Action for monitoring the WSIS implementation and follow-up, with ‘analytical work on policies and their implementation’ and that ‘appropriate indicators and benchmarking … should clarify the magnitude of the digital divide in both its domestic and international dimensions’. In response, this Report has introduced the Digital Opportunity Index (DOI) as a tool to measure progress in building the Information Society, and showed how it can be used to track the key dynamics driving the Information Society worldwide.

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