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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.

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Protecting the information society: Addressing the phenomenon of cybercrime

As developing countries embrace, exploit and integrate computer and communications systems at an economic and social level, concerns arise about the vulnerability of such systems to deliberate attack. An attack may target the data being processed by systems, or the integrity, confidentiality and availability of the systems themselves. Most users, for example, will have experienced and suffered from viruses infecting and corrupting their data and the operation of their systems. However, where such attacks are targeted at, or inadvertently impact on, a country’s critical national infrastructure, such as power systems or transportation networks, the consequences may be significant and cause substantial damage.

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