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     Information Technologies and Social Development
     Salle XVI, Palais des Nations, Geneva, 22-23 June 1998 International
     conference organized by United Nations Research Institute for Social
     Development (UNRISD)

     On 22 and 23 June 1998 the United Nations Research Institute for
     Social Development (UNRISD) will sponsor an international conference
     on "Information Technologies and Social Development." The purpose of
     the event is to consider how new information technologies are likely
     to affect trends toward polarization and marginality (among countries
     and within them), and how these new technologies can create
     possibilities to protect livelihoods and defend human rights,
     particularly in developing and transitional countries. The conference
     will promote discussion of concrete case studies, as well as broader
     debate on patterns of global structural change. Participants will be
     drawn from multilateral and bilateral agencies, the computer and
     telecommunications industry, NGOs, CBOs and academia.

     For more information see
     http://www.unrisd.org/infotech/conferen/conf.htm or contact
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