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UN Global e-Government Readiness Report 2004 - Towards Access for Opportunity

UN Global e-Government Readiness Report 2004 - Towards Access for Opportunity

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Economic and social empowerment today rests on the ability to access, gather, analyze and utilize information and knowledge to widen individual choices for political, economic, social, cultural and behavioral decisions. ICTs are the conduits which transmit information and knowledge. By integrating technology into development planning, more effective and speedy solutions can be found for economic growth and sustainable human development. However, the reality is that access to - and the distribution of - the tools for knowledge and wealth creation are highly unequal both among, and between, countries of the world. The disparities in access to ICT-related development are large and likely to become larger, at the current rate of technological advancement – and adoption – in a select few countries of the world. As more of the services in an economy come online those without access will be marginalized. Drawing upon the Millennium Development Framework, this year’s UN Global E-Government Readiness Report 2004 comprises two parts. Part I presents the UN Global E-Government Readiness Survey 2004 while Part II of the Report presents a special focus on what constitutes disparity in access to ICT. Part II of the UN Global E-government Readiness Report 2004 delves into the issue of what constitutes a lack of access for opportunity or the ‘access- opportunity divide’, what defines it, what governs it and where are the countries of the world placed in terms of their access to ICTs. The Report proposes taxonomy of countries according to their access opportunities. In doing so it posits the Access for Opportunity Framework: a structured re-thinking about accelerating ‘real access’ for all. Tracking the relative progress of member states in implementing their ICT and e-government programs, it contributes to a better understanding of the various facets of the digital divide and the lack of real access.
Economic and social empowerment today rests on the ability to access, gather, analyze and utilize information and knowledge to widen individual choices for political, economic, social, cultural and behavioral decisions. ICTs are the conduits which transmit information and knowledge. By integrating technology into development planning, more effective and speedy solutions can be found for economic growth and sustainable human development. However, the reality is that access to - and the distribution of - the tools for knowledge and wealth creation are highly unequal both among, and between, countries of the world. The disparities in access to ICT-related development are large and likely to become larger, at the current rate of technological advancement – and adoption – in a select few countries of the world. As more of the services in an economy come online those without access will be marginalized. Drawing upon the Millennium Development Framework, this year’s UN Global E-Government Readiness Report 2004 comprises two parts. Part I presents the UN Global E-Government Readiness Survey 2004 while Part II of the Report presents a special focus on what constitutes disparity in access to ICT. Part II of the UN Global E-government Readiness Report 2004 delves into the issue of what constitutes a lack of access for opportunity or the ‘access- opportunity divide’, what defines it, what governs it and where are the countries of the world placed in terms of their access to ICTs. The Report proposes taxonomy of countries according to their access opportunities. In doing so it posits the Access for Opportunity Framework: a structured re-thinking about accelerating ‘real access’ for all. Tracking the relative progress of member states in implementing their ICT and e-government programs, it contributes to a better understanding of the various facets of the digital divide and the lack of real access.

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UNITED NATIONS
GLOBAL E-GOVERNMENTREADINESS REPORT 2004
 
TOWARDS ACCESS FOR OPPORTUNITY
United Nations
 
UNPAN/2004/11
Department of Economic and Social AffairsDivision for Public Administration and Development Management
UN GLOBAL E-GOVERNMENTREADINESS REPORT 2004
 TOWARDS ACCESS FOR OPPORTUNIT
United NationsNew York, 2004
 
 
NoteSymbols of the United Nations documents are composed of capital letters combined with figures. Mention of such a symbol indicates a reference to a United Nations document. The designations employed and the presentation of the material in this publicationdo not imply expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the Secretariat of theUnited Nations concerning the legal status of any country or territory or of its authorities, orconcerning the delimitation of its frontiers. This document has been issued without formal editing. A United Nations PublicationPublication No.: UNPAN/2004/11November 2004Copyright (c) United Nations, 2004 All rights reserved.

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