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Friday, November 13 • 14:00 - 15:30
WS 97 How to Bridge the Global Internet Economy Divide?

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The eight United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) included the need to develop a global partnership for development as one of its goals. To achieve that goal, there was emphasis on the need to make available the benefits of new technologies, especially information and communications so as to help achieve sustainable economic development. Our point of departure is that without having a strong Internet-centric economy, achieving that goal will be difficult because of the increasing reliance on the Internet to provide many global and national services.
While developed countries use Internet in positive ways to expand and speed up economic development, developing countries remained well behind in implementing policies to develop their Internet economy. 
The workshop tries to understand what challenges developing countries face when trying to implement projects, companies and institutions that rely on the Internet to leverage and improve services. There are numerous opportunities for developing states in particular as they slowly and surely establish their Internet service sectors. 
There are certain infrastructure, economic, and legal aspects that may have hindered progress in this area. What are they and how could they be addressed?
We believe that the outcomes of the workshop will have a direct positive contribution to meeting the eighth goal of the MDGs.
The workshop targets fall under IGF 2015 subtheme of “Internet Economy”. In line with the MAG evaluation and comments, we shall restrict the workshop scope to identify issue and possible solution to internet economy divide in low and Middle income economies.

Friday November 13, 2015 14:00 - 15:30 GMT-03
Workshop Room 1

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