The ITU-D Study Groups were set up in accordance with Resolution 2 of World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC) held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1994. For the period 1998-2002, Study Group 1 is entrusted with the study of eleven Questions in the field of telecommunication development strategies and policies. Study Group 2 is entrusted with the study of seven Questions in the field of development and management of telecommunication services and networks. For this period, in order to respond as quickly as possible to the concerns of developing countries, instead of being approved during the WTDC, the output of each Question is published as and when it is ready.
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Table of Contents
1 Introduction 1
2 INTERNET Applications focused on development needs 2
4.2 Creation of and access to content and applications 75
4.3 The Internet in development 75
Report on Question 13/1
The second World Telecommunication Development Conference, held in Valletta, Malta, March-April 1998, approved, inter alia, the study of several Questions for Study Group 1, dealing with regulatory, political and financial matters.
Question 13/1, entitled “Promotion of infrastructure and use of the Internet in developing countries”, was first studied by a Focus Group chaired by Mr Dietmar Plesse from Germany.
Public Service Applications of the Internet in Developing countries is the first part of the output of the Focus Group, as adopted by the Study Group 1 in September 2000.
The remaining parts of the report dealing with telecommunication infrastructure, interconnection and human resource development are now under study by the Rapporteur’s group which takes over from the Focus Group as decided by the Study Group 1 meeting in September 2000. The result of their study will be published separately.
The chapters contained in this publication were prepared by UNESCO within its intergovernmental Information for All Programme which provides a framework for international co-operation to build a just and free information society and to narrow the gap between the information rich and the information poor. UNESCO’s research for this study, undertaken within its long-standing close collaboration with the ITU, was carried out by a team of consultants composed of Ms Joan-Claire Mappus, Mr Jack Skillen, Ms Rachelle Tayag and Ms Anushka Thewarapperuma.
The Telecommunication Development Bureau thanks UNESCO and all Member States and Sector Members who contributed to this publication.
Hamadoun I. Touré Director
Telecommunication Development Bureau
International Telecommunication Union