UN-backed conference aims to close gaping ‘digital divide’ in Asia-Pacific

Overcoming the “digital divide” between the poorest countries and developed economies in Asia and the Pacific is the focus of a two-day meeting organized by the United Nations regional office in Bangkok that kicked off today.Despite significant progress made by the region in utilizing information and communication technology (ICT), such as the rapid growth of mobile phone subscriptions, a significant disparity remains in access to the Internet between high-income and low-income countries.
http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=28984UN appeals for funds to bridge ‘digital divide’ in the Asia-Pacific region
The United Nations today called for support in bridging the persistent “digital divide” in the Asia-Pacific region, where access to the Internet varies widely between rich and poor countries.A three-day meeting held by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) wrapped up today in Bangkok, with more than 100 participants concluding that the disparity in Internet access is driven by the narrow coverage of telecommunication networks as well as limited access to computers and knowledge on how to use information and communication technology (ICT).

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