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Internet governance and the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) 06 December 2007 Adam Peake

The purpose of this paper is to describe our current understanding of the debate about internet governance in WSIS, and to examine the main policy issues that are being considered in that discussion. It also suggests opportunities for developing nation stakeholders to contribute to the processes ...

African participation in WSIS: Review and discussion paper 06 December 2007 David Souter

This paper presents a review of African participation in the first phase WSIS process (i.e. the Geneva summit held in December 2003 and the preparatory process leading up to it). It is not intended as a comprehensive analysis, but to stimulate discussion about ways in which African participation ...

Financing the information society in the South: A global public goods perspective
Financing the information society in the South: A global public goods perspective 06 December 2007 Pablo Accuosto and Niki Johnson

This paper sets out to look at the question of financing the provision of information and communication technologies (ICTs) in the South, within the context of the United Nations’ World Summit on the Information Society, and advocates adopting a “global public goods” perspective on the issu...

The centrality of e-strategies in the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) plan of action
The centrality of e-strategies in the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) plan of action 06 December 2007 Willie Currie

The term ‘e-strategies’ has gained widespread use over the last few years in the debates on the role of information and communications technologies (ICTs) for development, following the United Nations Millennium Declaration in 2000. E-strategies have been defined as “plans based on the sele...

Engendering rural information systems in Indonesia
Engendering rural information systems in Indonesia 06 December 2007 World Bank’s Rural Development and Natural Resources Sector Unit of the East Asia and Pacific Region

This report is the work of the World Bank’s Rural Development and Natural Resources Sector Unit of the East Asia and Pacific Region. The core team responsible for the preparation of this report was led by Shobha Shetty (sr. economist, EASRD) and comprised Francisco Proenza (economist, FAO Inves...

The potential of ICT for promoting gender equality
The potential of ICT for promoting gender equality 06 December 2007 Natasha Primo

The information revolution is not about technology, it is about people. This is increasingly recognised and has led to the convergence of major global development initiatives. Today, there is a strong correlation in the quest for an inclusive and equitable information society and the effort to ac...

Participation in development processes: Can ICT make a difference?
Participation in development processes: Can ICT make a difference? 06 December 2007 Anriette Esterhuysen

The information revolution is not about technology, it is about people. This is increasingly recognised and has led to the convergence of major global development initiatives. Today, there is a strong correlation in the quest for an inclusive and equitable information society and the effort to ac...

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