infoDev Symposium at WSIS II Confronts the Challenges and Opportunities in Extending the Information Society to All

infoDev Symposium at WSIS II Confronts the Challenges and Opportunities in Extending the Information Society to All

Focusing on enabling environments, investment and innovation

The infoDev Forum (17-18 November 2005) at the Tunis Phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS II) addressed some of the key challenges facing the international community in seeking to harness ICT as tools of broad-based development, poverty reduction and opportunity for all. The forum provided an opportunity for reflection on our experience with these issues in the past decade, the questions and challenges still remaining, and ways forward on these issues and challenges.

Each session of the forum focused on a key question facing the international community:

  • Do ICTs Matter to the Poor?
  • Do National ICT Strategies Matter?
  • Do Policy and Regulation Matter?
  • Is Information Infrastructure a Public Good?
  • How Can Local Innovation be Unleashed?

Moderators led semi-structured discussions among a small group of expert panelists with significant audience participation. Sessions drew key lessons and messages, particularly about priorities for governments and international donors.

For a full agenda of each session and presentations, please see the event page.


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