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New Report: Global Information Society Watch

18 December, 2008
By Allison Orr

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC), the Third World Institute and Dutch development organisation Hivos, have launched the Global Information Society Watch 2008 (GISWatch) at the Third Internet Governance Forum in Hyderabad, India.

This is the second edition of the report.  The first report focused on the digital divide, but this report, recognising that the digital divide has closed dramatically, is focused on access to infrastructure.  The preface to the report argues that access to infrasctructure is important in its own right as it is “interlinked with other access challenges such as the capacity to use ICTs, access to content and knowledge, as well as access to public participation and citizenship”.

The report includes 38 country reports as well as thematic reports dealing with keys issues such as net neutrality, open standards, access to content and trends in technology.  It also includes a WSIS plan of action for ICT infrastructure.

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