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Progress made in the implementation of and follow-up to the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society at the regional and international levels

Progress made in the implementation of and follow-up to the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society at the regional and international levels

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SUMMARY

This report was created by the secretariat of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, and it is based on data provided by United Nations system entities, international organizations and other stakeholders. 

The document notes that the large majority of people worldwide now access and use telephone technology. In 2018, the number of people estimated by ITU to use the Internet exceeded half of the world's population for the first time. This can be considered a milestone in connectivity, though there's still a lot of work to be done to address issues when it comes to access and usage which varies widely between countries and communities, the paper adds.

Regarding Europe, around 80 percent of people were online in 2018 according to estimations. In sub-Saharan Africa this figure was below 25 percent and that for least developed markets below 20 percent, the study indicates. When it comes to the gender gap, women are 12 percent less likely than men to be online according to estimations. The gender gap is particularly marked in the least developed markets, the report says.

Recent studies by reputable sources report about a recent downturn in the rate of growth of connectivity. The reason for this is because communications access in developed and some developing countries is reaching its saturation point. At the same time, it is due to ongoing challenges of affordability for many citizens that are caused by underlying structural inequalities.

When it comes to e-employment, the paper explains that the globalization of communications and the growth of online services have had a huge impact on employment patterns, such as outsourcing and the appearance of digital platforms. The report indicates that ever-evolving technological innovation will boost even more changes in employment which represents opportunities and challenges at the same time. 

The study concludes that digital innovations are changing lives completely and bringing new opportunities to boost efforts to reach the Sustainable Development Goals. Apart from the plenty of advantages that the information society offers, the international community has to face new challenges such as cybersecurity, data, and artificial intelligence. 

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Introduction

Key trends

Implementation. Regional and international level

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Overview

Researchfinder Rating
4 out of 5 stars
Title
Progress made in the implementation of and follow-up to the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society at the regional and international levels
Region
Global
Published
Feb. 15, 2019
Publisher
UN
Price
FREE
Language
ENGLISH

Content

Number of Pages
22
Number of Tables
0
Number of Exhibits
0
Topics
software
Tags
digital citizen, digital government, digital public service, e-business, e-employment, e-environment, e-governance, e-government, e-learning, global, media, software, sustainability, UN
Methodology
Not available.
EVALUATION

What makes this report valuable its quality content.

Positives:

  • Understandable language
  • Clear findings
  • Data on the implementation of the World Summit plan on Information Society per world region
  • Great key trends

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