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1 Getting beyond the Global Digital Divide: A Reality Check, Progress Report and Workshop Introduction Thomas Ruddy, Workshop Co-Chair Solothurn University of Applied Sciences, Olten

2 Workshop Overview Recent changes on the international scene and their effects on digital divide programs What the big players have been doing and say should be done What our speakers‘ organizations are doing, and what we think should be done

3 The Story of Ali and his Crank-up Radio

4 Ali heard about McDonald‘s hamburgers and Levi‘s jeans.

5 Ali‘s friend replies: “Ali, those are all lies:” [materialism, enlightenment ideals of freedom of expression, democracy, education, human rights]

6 Ali‘s Friend “Ali, You are part of our collective metaphysical phantasy...“ [only a small part]

7 Ali‘s Friend “...and I am your hero.“

8 Globalization issues: Envy, globalization backlash How can we reconcile: the differing levels of cultural sophistication (“readiness“) among nations with the current pervasion of our economic /technical globalization everywhere?

9 The global digital divide SIA applied to int‘l co-op on ICT reveals social problem called global digital divide 1 bn “haves“ 5 billion“have-nots“

10 = “the year of the digital divide“ per the global study group (G-8) the global gateway (World Bank) the international special fund (IFC/Softbank) the private sector (http://www.digitaldividends.org) 2001 = beginning of the “War on Terrorism“

11 What lies “beyond the digital divide“? An older civilization divide? An even more fundamental human-rights divide? Declaration of Universal (?) Human Rights Speakers involved in countries: Malaysia - GKP (Indonesia), with Islamic fundamentalists in population Tunisia - ITU World Summit 2003/ 2005 Japan - two speakers Philippines - special guest

12 Data security issues Philippine hackers Swiss TV series “CyberCrime“

13 Data security issues The digital divide may become a moat around a fortress “protecting“ the “haves“ (privacy?) from the “have-nots“ ? (French fossé = moat)

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15 Action Plan of the G-8's DOT Force 2001 included per Sir N. Bayne, G8 Research Group:

16 World Summit on the Info. Society 2003 should focus on per ITU:

17 Priority work areas Of course education is important. But how much education can we provide? How fast? Needed as preparation for economic/ technical globalization.

18 Websites Workshop_2.htm chrono.htm infosoc4all/

19 Tripartite partnerships Most speakers‘ organizations are partnerships. Work in such a partnership is done by: government, private sector civil society None is able to solve the global digital divide alone.

20 Conflicting partners? But partners have different interests. Can the partnerships deal better internally with the conflicts of interest among partners than partners could deal with the conflicts by themselves?


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