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AFRIK-IT  July 2001

AFRIK-IT July 2001

Subject:

OneWorld calls on G8 to implement Genoa Plan on Digital Divide

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"OneWorld.net" <[log in to unmask]>

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Wed, 18 Jul 2001 09:30:52 +0100

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OneWorld <www.oneworld.net>, the world's leading online network for human
rights and sustainable development, is urging G8 governments to endorse and
implement the recommendations of the DOT Force Genoa Plan <www.dotforce.org>
at their forthcoming Summit in Italy on 20-22 July 2001.

OneWorld was the organisation chosen as the UK civil society organisation of
the DOT Force.  Peter Armstrong, Director of OneWorld International says:

"The leaders of the most powerful nations in the world have a framework
to help ensure the 'digital divide' does not widen existing social and
economic inequalities between countries and communities. This vision must be
translated into practical action and commitment if the forces of
globalisation are ever to be harnessed for the public good. To not act now
on ensuring the benefits of the global information society are shared
universally means the spiral of empowerment will continue to advantage the
rich whilst leaving the poor behind."

The DOT Force recommendations, published in May, have been seen by many
commentators as providing the most comprehensive guide yet of what needs to
be done to make new technology a vital tool in promoting social and economic
justice globally. The plan sets out the appropriate ways information and
communications technologies (ICTs) can support initiatives that aim to meet
the basic needs of the most disadvantaged peoples in our world.

The DOT Force has mapped out priority actions to be taken by national
governments and their citizens, the international community, the private
sector, non-profits and community organisations. The first step requires
that G8 governments direct the necessary resources to facilitate
implementation of the plan and sustain the momentum on creating digital
opportunities for all.

OneWorld shares the view of the DOT Force that the basic right of access to
knowledge and information is a prerequisite for sustainable development.
Ownership by developing countries and the participation of local communities
will be the key to realising the benefits of ICTs for the poor as well as
the rich.

For more information contact:
Glen Tarman, OneWorld Publicity Manager,
t +44 (0)20 7735 2100 e mailto:[log in to unmask]

Notes:

1. OneWorld has sought to harness the democratic potential of ICTs for
sustainable development since the emergence of the World Wide Web. Through
the portal www.oneworld.net, the network brings together over 950 NGOs
working for sustainable development, human rights and an end to world
poverty.

2. OneWorld International supports and coordinates 10 OneWorld centres in
Africa, Europe, Latin America, South Asia and the United States.

3. The Digital Opportunity Task Force (DOT Force) <www.dotforce.org> was
created by the G8 Heads of State at their Kyushu-Okinawa Summit in July
2000. It brought together forty three teams from government, the private
sector, non-profit organisations, and international organisations,
representing both developed and developing countries, in a co-operative
effort to identify ways in which the digital revolution can benefit all the
world's people, especially the poorest and most marginalised groups. The DOT
Force has identified the following actions as priorities:

. Fostering Policy, Regulatory and Network Readiness through establishing
and supporting both developing country and emerging economy National
eStrategies including eGovernment, and universal participation in new
international policy and technical issues raised by ICT and the internet.

. Improving Connectivity, Increasing Access and Lowering Costs through
establishing and supporting a range of targeted interventions as well as
dedicated initiatives for the ICT inclusion of the Least Developed
Countries.

. Building Human Capacity through a range of targeted training, education,
knowledge creation and sharing initiatives, as well as promoting ICT for
healthcare and in support against HIV/AIDS and other infectious and
communicable diseases.

. Encouraging Participation in Global e-Commerce and other e-Networks
through enterprise and entrepreneurship for sustainable economic
development, including poverty alleviation, and promote national and
international effort to support the creation of local content and
applications.

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