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World Information Society Report 2007

Beyond WSIS

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The second edition of the World Information Society Report, published by ITU and UNCTAD, looks beyond WSIS to the creation of an inclusive, people-centred and development-oriented Information Society, open to all. The opening chapter looks at the challenges of measuring the ICT sector while chapter two examines progress in bridging the digital divide. Chapter three focuses on emerging trends in the information society worldwide and chapter four looks at national ICT strategies. Chapter five considers the threats to cybersecurity, while chapter six provides an update on WSIS implementation and presents a number of ICT success stories across the world. When purchased, the report is accompanied by a series of tables providing the latest statistics on the development of ICTs worldwide.

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Conclusions

The World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) was convened in response to rising awareness of the pervasive power of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and growing concerns that developing countries should not be left behind in the process of building the Information Society. At the Summit, world leaders committed to turning the digital divide into a digital opportunity for all. This Report responds to the call of the Geneva Plan of Action for monitoring WSIS implementation and follow-up, with “analytical work on policies and their implementation” to “clarify the magnitude of the digital divide in both its domestic and international dimensions”. The Report series is intended to track progress in WSIS implementation, from the conclusion of the Tunis Phase of the Summit in 2005 to the achievement of the WSIS targets towards 2015 and beyond.

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