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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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Bridging the digital divide

The digital divide is a familiar concept. Indeed, the earliest ITU statistics on telecommunications (published in 1871, recording data on telegraph operations since 1849) show a clear divide between the Member States of the Union, mainly within Western Europe at that time. Such gaps have narrowed and, in some cases, even reversed over time, but other disparities have arisen.

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