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"The report is essential reading for policy makers, government workers, and
academics pursuing the goal of equitable, sustainable development across the
world." - N. R. Narayana Murthy, Chairman and Chief Mentor Infosys Technologies
Ltd. Information and communication technology (ICT) is rapidly evolving,
changing rich and poor societies alike. It has become a powerful tool for
participating in the global economy and for offering new opportunities for
development efforts. ICT can and should advance economic growth and reduce
poverty in developing countries. It has been 20 years since the first telephone
operator was privatized, a little over 10 since the World Wide Web emerged, and
5 since the telecommunications bubble burst. How have the ICT sector and its
role in development evolved? What have we learned? How can we move forward?
Information and Communications for Development 2006: Global Trends and Policies
contains lessons from both developed and developing countries. It examines the
roles of the public and private sectors, identifying the challenges and the
benefits of adopting and expanding ICT use. The report assesses topics
essential to building an information society, including investment, access,
diffusion, and country policies and strategies. Assessing what has worked, what
hasn't, and why, this report is an invaluable guide for understanding how to
capture the benefits of ICT around the world.