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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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The ICT Opportunity Index (ICT-OI)

The world is increasingly being characterized as a global Information Society, where the importance of extending access to Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) is considered vital for social development and economic growth. Attainment of internationally agreed developmental goals, including those of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), through access to ICT has been well documented. Several studies have been able to show the positive micro- and macro-economic impact that investment in ICT has, particularly through externalities generated by the productivity effects that the appropriate use of Information and Communication Technology has on the economy.

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