From the Digital Divide to Digital Opportunities: Women in the Information Society


This publication represents a collaborative global endeavour in direct response to the Plan of Action of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS, Geneva 2003), which called for the development and the launching of a “Composite ICT Development Index”. It provides the international community with a much-needed measuring instrument, complemented with several in-depth analytical chapters.

This joint Orbicom-ITU project was made possible with the collaboration of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), L’Agence Intergouvernementale de la Francophonie (AIF), and United Nations organizations su ch as UNESCO and UNCTAD.

It was initiated in the aftermath of the 2003 Geneva phase of WSIS to build on the enthusiastic reception by the international community of Orbicom’s “Monitoring the Digital Divide … and Beyond” report.

The current publication is now launched in the context of the second phase of WSIS, Tunis, 16-18 November 2005. This edition is based on a three-part work plan:

– the ICT opportunity index based on the Infostate framework and model;
– detailed regional analyses with a policy focus for countries in Africa, Asia and Latin American and the Caribbean, and;

– women in the Information Society, which incorporates quantitative and qualitative research to study the gender digital divide.
Additional topics are also incorporated in the course of the research.

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