Citation Edit

International Telecommunication Union, Geneva Declaration of Principles (Building the Information Society: A Global Challenge in the New Millennium) (WSIS-03/GENEVA/DOC/4-E) (Dec. 12, 2003) (full-text).

Overview Edit

The Declaration of Principles states:

We [...] declare our common desire and commitment to build a people-centred, inclusive and development-oriented Information Society, where everyone can create, access, utilize and share information and knowledge, enabling individuals, communities and peoples to achieve their full potential in promoting their sustainable development and improving their quality of life. . . . (Declaration ¶1).

On the issue of equal access and the digital divide, the Declaration states:

We are fully committed to turning this digital divide into a digital opportunity for all. . . .

Other goals addressed by the Declaration include:

  • Connectivity, access, capacity building, partnership and cooperation among different stakeholders;
  • Financial mechanism: better utilization of existing financial mechanisms, possible future creation of a voluntary digital solidarity fund;
  • Meeting the Millennium Development Goals, promote development and improve the quality of life. . . . everyone can create, access, utilize, share information and knowledge.

Central concepts include:

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