Information Economy Report 2005

E-Commerce and Development

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This Report illustrates the vigorous efforts being undertaken by many developing countries to catch up with their more developed partners in the dissemination and use of ICT. However, it also shows that the gaps are still far too wide and the catching-up far too uneven for the promise of a truly global information society, with its attendant benefits for sustainable social and economic development, to materialize without the sustained engagement of national Governments, the business sector and civil society, and the tangible solidarity of the international community.



International internet backbone connectivity: Issues for developing countries

Are Internet users in developing countries subsidizing users in the industrialized world? If so, is this the result of unfair, anti-competitive practices? Could this be making Internet access less affordable for developing countries than it needs to be? Is there any practical way to redress such a situation? These are some of the questions that arise from the criticisms being made of current arrangements for the access of developing countries to the services of major international Internet backbone providers.


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