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The e-Collaborative Hub or E-Co Hub is a single-entry online gateway for policy makers, trainers and practitioners to easily access and search for relevant knowledge resources on different aspects of ICT for development (ICTD). There is also a collaborative workspace to discuss views, share ideas and collaborate on projects related to ICTD.

"Information and communications technologies (ICTs) are changing the world by transforming societies and economies. To take advantage of the advancements and applications of ICT, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development calls on countries to deploy ICT to realize its transformational economic, social and environmental ambitions. ICT is an enabler for enhancing productivity, raising resilience and fostering greater civic engagement, while offering options for effective delivery of public services"

- Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ESCAP

 

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Implementation of WSIS Action lines for eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world

Implementation of WSIS Action lines for eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world

This document focuses on the contribution of the respective Action Lines on the Theme for the High level Political Forum for this year “Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world”. It further seeks to encourage and promote effective multistakeholder cooperation in implementation of WSIS action lines and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Each UN agency responsible for facilitating the WSIS Action lines has submitted their input to the report.

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Utilization of telecommunications/ ICTs for disaster preparedness, mitigation and response

Utilization of telecommunications/ ICTs for disaster preparedness, mitigation and response

This report focuses on the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) for disaster communications management, approaches and systems available to increase redundancy and resiliency of ICTs. It provides a review and analysis of a range of technology and policy case studies presented by Administrations and organizations regarding implementation of ICTs during all disaster phases. An Emergency Communications Checklist, outlining the types of activities and expected decision points that could be considered for inclusion in a National Disaster Communications Plan, is also provided.

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DIGITALIZATION, TRADE AND DEVELOPMENT

DIGITALIZATION, TRADE AND DEVELOPMENT

The enormous scope and considerable uncertainty associated with the next digital shift call for more facts, dialogue and action by all stakeholders The analysis contained in the Information Economy Report 2017: Digitalization, Trade and Development contributes to this process and proposes ways in which the international community can reduce inequality, enable the benefits of digitalization to reach all people and ensure that no one is left behind by the evolving digital economy.

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INTERNET SOCIETY GLOBAL INTERNET REPORT

INTERNET SOCIETY GLOBAL INTERNET REPORT

In this report, the Internet Society will take a closer look at how perceived trends of consolidation in the Internet Economy – including growing forces of concentration, vertical and horizontal integration, and fewer opportunities for market entry and competition – will shape not just the ways in which the Internet is used by people around the world, but its future technical evolution in the next three to five years. It will investigate the impact of consolidation on the Internet’s fundamental properties, as well as opportunities it might bring to users. These properties include, among other things, interoperability, collaboration, flexibility, accessible, permission-less innovation, and the notion of global reach. They make the Internet, enabling people to connect, to share, and to innovate.

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Fuelling Trade in the Digital Era: Policy Roadmap for Developing Countries

Fuelling Trade in the Digital Era: Policy Roadmap for Developing Countries

This new paper takes a closer look at the regions of Eastern and Southern Africa to see the role that e-commerce can play in transforming those economies, including through trade, and in achieving development objectives.

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Opportunities and Policy Challenges of Digitalisation in Southeast Asia

Opportunities and Policy Challenges of Digitalisation in Southeast Asia

This paper is intended to provide ASEAN policy makers with some key messages on the digital transformation.

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What if we all governed the Internet

What if we all governed the Internet

UNESCO started in 2009 to commission this flagship series publications of Internet Freedom, aiming to explore the changing legal and policy issues of Internet and provide its Member States and other stakeholders with policy recommendations aiming to foster a conducive environment to freedom of expression on the Net. This is the 11th edition of the series.

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Blockchain for Development: Emerging Opportunities for Mobile, Identity and Aid

Blockchain for Development: Emerging Opportunities for Mobile, Identity and Aid

Of all the emerging technologies that are likely to shape the future of international development, perhaps none is getting more attention today than blockchain. But for many mobile network operators (MNOs) and their partners within the development sector, it has been difficult to judge whether the significant hype around this technology is justified. Certainly, some use cases are beginning to emerge that blockchain technologies are uniquely qualified to address, but like any other enabling technology we should not expect it to become a silver bullet for every development challenge. In this report, GSMA provide short case studies that highlight how four blockchain platforms are currently being used to improve people’s access to self-sovereign identities, bring new levels of transparency to the distribution of international aid, and improve the efficiency of humanitarian cash transfers.

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Disaster Resilience for Sustainable Development

Disaster Resilience for Sustainable Development

This edition of the Asia-Pacific Disaster Report, looks at the extent and impact of natural disasters across the region and how these intersect with poverty, inequality and the effects of violent conflict. But it also shows how scientific and other advances have increased the potential for building disaster resilience and ensuring that even in the most extreme circumstances people can survive disaster impacts and rebuild their communities and livelihoods.

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The State of Broadband: Broadband catalyzing sustainable development

The State of Broadband: Broadband catalyzing sustainable development

This report provides an update on progress towards the global targets of the ITU/UNESCO Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development and showcases the research and thought leadership of the Broadband Commission. It also provides a global snapshot of where the telecommunication/ICT industry stands with regards to fixed and mobile broadband deployment, affordability and usage, as well as the use of broadband for achieving development objectives. It will examine the use of new and upcoming technologies, such as 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT) for development.

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