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Second Regional Preparatory Conference for the World Summit on the Information Society

Partnership for building the Arab information society, Damascus, 22-23 November 2004

mardi 19 avril 2005, par Collecte CND R.L


1. Introduction :

The first phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), held in Geneva during 10-12 December 2003, adopted a Declaration of Principles (DoP) and a global Plan of Action (PoA), setting the stage for international cooperation to close the existing digital divide between developing and developed countries while involving all stakeholders in building an inclusive information society.

A key goal was set to develop universally accessible, equitable and affordable information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure and services ; and it was recognized that only through creating an enabling environment based on clear policies, laws and regulatory frameworks and building trust and confidence in ICT, that access can become truly universal.

The PoA attempted to set a roadmap to build such an environment and to make it sustainable, through planning for capacity building activities, including educating populations, establishing research, development and innovation practices as well as promoting ICT enterprises.

Women as well as marginalized and vulnerable groups were looked upon as important constituents of the sought global information society, and in need of empowerment.

The development of a multilingual, diverse and culturally appropriate content on the Internet, as well as the independence and pluralism of the media were considered essential for a global and inclusive information society. Actions were also suggested to share knowledge while respecting intellectual property rights to spur innovation and creativity.

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