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New report finds digital divide continuing concern: Global Information Society Watch – Report 2007

29 May, 2007
By Allison Orr

The Global Information Society Watch monitors the implementation and follow-up of international agreements about information and communication technology (ICT) policies, and their impact on development.  They act as a watchdog to make governments and international organisations accountable for ICT policy.

This is the first in a series of yearly reports from GISW, and is a study of the ICT policy situation in 22 countries, as well as analytical essays on five international institutions (including ICANN), and the extent to which they allow stake-holder participation.  The report finds continuing evidence of a “digital divide” both between and within countries, which impacts negatively on the majority of people.  The focus is on participation and the development of an inclusive information society, and asserts that “the status quo tends to prevail unless political will to implement change is strengthened by active citizen participation.”

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