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Opinion: The Digital Solidarity Fund and The Economist 10 December 2007 APC

On March 10, 2005, The Economist featured reports and an editorial on the digital divide in which it derided the Digital Solidarity Fund (DSF), which had been welcomed by governments at the WSIS Prepcom 2 in Geneva in February and was due to be launched on 14 March 2005. In its editorial on “th...

Creating spaces for civil society in the WSIS – a reply to Michael
Creating spaces for civil society in the WSIS – a reply to Michael 10 December 2007 Willie Currie

Prior to the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), UN Summits were largely closed spaces for inter-governmental debate and negotiation on issues of global public policy such as sustainable development or the position of women. Civil society summits ran in parallel to those of government...

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...

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...

African participation in WSIS: Review and discussion paper
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 ...

Internet governance and the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS)
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 ...

The role of information and communication technologies in the development of African women
The role of information and communication technologies in the development of African women 06 December 2007 Jennifer Radloff, Natasha Primo and Alice Munyua

This paper sets out to look at the question to information and communication technologies (ICTs) in relation to women’s development in Africa. The emphasis is on current issues and the paper highlights key issues and challenges faced by women in Africa and to a smaller extent, globally. The...

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