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2 World Information Society Reports Series launched in 2006 –Progress in bridging the digital divide –Monitoring WSIS implementation Prepared by the Digital Opportunity Platform –A multi-stakeholder partnership including ITU, UNCTAD, KADO, MIC Korea, LBS, LIRNEAsia. 2 nd edition published on May –8 Chapters, Statistical Annex, Maps etc: 220pp –Full text online at

3 The digital divide by income group Source: ITU/UNCTAD/KADO Digital Opportunity Platform.

4 Shrinking digital divide for Internet Source: ITU/UNCTAD/KADO Digital Opportunity Platform.

5 But new gaps are emerging … Broadband prices are 10x higher in low- income than high- income economies –In 9 low-income countries, prices per 100 kbit/s are above USD500 per month –In Japan and Korea, prices are below USD0.10 per month –33 African economies do not have broadband Source: ITU/UNCTAD/KADO Digital Opportunity Platform.

6 Digital Opportunity, The Digital Opportunity Index (DOI) measures each economys level of ICT development. It is a composite index of 11 separate indicators, ranging between 0 and 1. DOI is one of two indices endorsed by WSIS. Source: ITU/UNCTAD/KADO Digital Opportunity Platform.

7 Top performers Top 10, 2006 DOI Score 1. Korea (Rep.) Japan Denmark Iceland Singapore Netherlands Taiwan-China Hong-Kong-China Sweden UK0.69 Gainers, Change in ranks 1. Morocco Russian Fed Senegal Ghana Antigua & Barbuda Gabon Belize Bhutan Côte dIvoire Romania+13 Note: Based on an analysis of 181 economies. Source: ITU/UNCTAD/KADO Digital Opportunity Platform.

8 Threats in cyberspace Inherited architecture of the Internet was not designed to optimize security Constant evolution in protocols and algorithms Introduction of Next-Generation Networks (NGN) Convergence among ICT services and networks Network effects – risks far greater Possibility of anonymity on the Internet Internationalization requires cross-border cooperation

9 Conclusions The digital divide is shrinking, but new gaps in quality are emerging: –Availability of newest services –Affordability of broadband Many countries are experiencing much higher levels of ICT growth –Successful strategies based on multi-stakeholder partnerships New risks threaten cyberspace –Spam, viruses, phishing, identity theft etc Full text online at:

10 Thank you very much


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