2002 Fostering globally accecssible and affordable Information Communication Technologies (ICT)

United Nations & NGOs
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The following key issues are explored under this topic:

1. Introduction to the global information society
A) Technology  B) Borderless communication

2. The social infrastructure
A) Network infrastructure B) Platform C) Applications

3. Fostering ICTs: a country-wise approach
A) Economically advanced countries B) Information- advanced countries C) Developing countries D) Asian perspective

4. Increasing accessibility
A) Evolving notion of universal service B) Digital empowerment C) Competition or government monopoly?
D) Sustainable infrastructure

5. Affordability
A) Choice of infrastructure B) Usage optimization C) Pricing strategy for a fast penetration
D) Subsidy and WTO principle E) Affordability for whom?

6. Governance of the Global Information Society
A) International telecommunications union  B) Internet engineering task force  C) Convention on cyberspace
D) Sustainability and diversity