January 2006

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Digital Review of Asia Pacific 2005/2006

Publishers: Orbicom, IDRC, UNDP-APDIP
Chief Editor: Chin Saik Yoon
Pages: 280
ISBN 983-9054449

This publication, the second volume in the series offers valuable analysis by several specialists who work and live in the economies that they report on. While the 2003/2004 edition focused on initiatives to transform the digital divide into digital opportunities in 27 economies and a sub region, this recent edition focuses on the use of ICT for development and in building information society.

It includes authoritative reports on how 29 economies are using ICT in business, government and civil society written by senior authors who live and work in the region, under Chief Editor Chin Saik Yoon. Four thematic chapters are included in the publication on various facets of the information society, like Building information societies, Internet Governance, Social, Political and Cultural aspects of ICT and appropriate ICT for Asia Pacific.

Four organizations, Pan Asia Networking Progamme (PAN) of International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the Asia-Pacific Development Information Programme (APDP) of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Network of UNESCO Chairs in Communications (Orbicom), collaborating in this initiative as co-publishers. A free CD-ROM containing an electronic version of the 2003/2004 edition is included in the publication. A useful and authoritative source of information on the new infotech among countries, the review will be helpful for the ICT specialists and communication researchers.

From the Digital Divide to Digital Opportunities
Measuring information states for development
Editor: George Sciadas
Pages: 260
ISBN  2-922651-50-3

This joint Orbicom-ITU publication launched in the context of second phase of Tunis in November 2005 contains an overview of the global trends in ICTs produced by the ITU staff.

This edition is based on a three-part work plan, like the ICT opportunity index based on the information state framework and model, detailed regional analysis with a policy focus for countries in Africa, Asia and Latin American and the Caribbean and women in the Information society, which incorporates quantitative and qualitative research to study the gender digital divide.

The report's statistical and analytical overview and real life illustrations of use of ICTs and female connectivity, makes it an important instrument in the work and future projects of the ICT policy makers, operators, investors, researchers, statisticians and NGOs.

Understanding Knowledge Societies
In twenty questions and answers with the index knowledge societies
United Nations publication
Pages: 180
ISBN 92-1-109145-4

Today, if some talk about 'information society', others speak about 'knowledge society'. While these specific prefixes give specific directions to society alongwith bringing in confusion between the new technology or ICT and the techniques of knowledge development, the Report has tried to recognise the real tension between the two, attempting to establish how governments can lead and how societies can organize for the transformation towards knowledge society.

The Report proposes an index of knowledge societies and makes recommendations for governments and political and economic elites, as well as for the business, civil society, news media and academic communities.

Why it is important to understand knowledge society? What are the main drivers of a society that is defined by its ability to develop knowledge? Submitting the detailed analysis on the hot debate on knowledge societies by answering twenty such questions, makes the
Report a unique one.

While Jerzy Szeremeta, the main author of the Report led the content research, the Report has been finalized under the direction of Guido Bertucci, Director of the United Nations Department of Economcs and Social Affairs (UNDESA) Division for Public Administration and Development Management.

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