Issues in ICT global policies
These monthly reports are aimed at improving the visibility and accesibility of existing information on key ICT issues, with the goal of fostering Southern participation in the definition and implementation of global ICT policies.
Some of these reports are based on research papers produced in the context of our project and some others are complementary to the findings and proposals included in the papers.
After the WSIS: The time for balance
The World Summit on the Information Society poses more questions than solid agreements, in spite of the official promise to turn it into a "summit of solutions". The Tunis Summit has not been vanguardist and in many aspects Geneva commitments and declarations were reaffirmed. Being a four-year decision-making process, more results were indeed expected, although the opening up of spaces for dialogue on fundamental issues, whose results will have to be reviewed later on, should also be highlighted as positive. To be continued... [En español]
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The long and winding road towards Tunis
The third meeting of the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom-3) of the second phase of the WSIS took place between September 19-30 in Geneva, Switzerland. This was the last meeting scheduled prior to the second phase of the Summit to be held in Tunis from November 16 to 28, 2005. The discussion on possible modifications to the current model of "Internet governance" was placed among the core issues to be analysed on the agenda, together with the decisions on specific mechanisms aimed at ensuring the implementation and follow-up to agreements reached in the two phases of the WSIS. [En español]
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Internet governance: Everybody's business in the Information Society
The first phase of the WSIS launched two critical issues with regards to the information society. One of this issues is related to the Internet governance system, that is to say, to the development and application by governments, the private sector and civil society of shared principles, norms, rules, decision making procedures and programmes that shape the evolution and use of the Internet. Within this framework, the UN - mandated by the WSIS Declaration of Principles and Plan of Action - established in 2004 a Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG). The group was made up of 40 members from different countries and sectors with the main purpose of investigating and making proposals for specific actions regarding Internet governance. [En español]
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E-strategies: constructing the information society
The “information society” originally springs up as a conceptual model that intends to account for the profound alterations experienced by industrial society in recent decades, mainly prompted by the technological revolution. Thus, the new informational model is usually regarded as the desired target being unfailingly approached by countries. However, the pace of transition to the information society depends to a large extent on the level of development and wealth of countries, taking into account the stock of knowledge, capacities and infrastructure needed to successfully complete such transition. In this way, national strategies, cyber-strategies or e-strategies become action frameworks that support the construction of the information society in the different regions and countries. [En español]
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Telecentres: a model for social appropriation of ICT
In recent decades, an exponential increase has been registered in the creation and development of new technologies, particularly those related to information and technology. However, the present global configuration in terms of availability of these technologies evidences the continuation of an unequal distribution of power and wealth, so that the so-called "digital divide" becomes a sub-dimension of the economic gap existing between more developed and less developed countries. In this context, several action plans have been brought forward aiming at breaking the digital divide and contributing to the construction and strengthening of the information society in all regions of the world. Among these initiatives is the installation of telecentres. [En español]
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ICTD within the framework of the MDGs
From the moment of their formulation, MDGs have been adopted as reference framework for the evaluation of progress and regressions in the quality of life of people in those regions facing a critical socio-economic situation. In this way, the virtuous interaction ICTs-development is currently conceptualised in terms of the categories included in such goals. However, one of the recurrent problems that reverberates on the possibilities of investing in ICTs as instruments for the fulfilment of MDGs is that which refers to the lack of financing mechanisms for such investments, either at private, public or private-public level; and also to the secondary role ICTs are allocated by governments within public programmes or services. [En español]
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Panel and book @ WSIS
At the Tunis World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) ITeM organised an event titled "Framing WSIS in global governance processes: Linkages and follow-up". It was held on November 17th, 2005 from 10:45 to 12:45 at the Room Mehdia (Kram Exhibition Hall). [En español]

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