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December 08, 2003

In WSIS news, the Register and BBC catch up on progress on negotatiations (but you read that here first).

The excellent, meanwhile, reports efforts to get governments to support "initiatives that offer free access to research results published in the electronic versions of scientific journals."

You can read SciDev's coverage of the summit here - or divert to the BBC where SciDev director, David Dickson explores the digital divide, concluding:

"One of the most significant achievements of the WSIS could be an international commitment to significantly increasing the effort dedicated to research on ICTs for the poor.

This could have the same appeal as calls to shift the emphasis of medical research towards often-neglected tropical diseases.

Finally, more effort is needed in providing high-quality content directly relevant to the needs of the developing world.

The great promise of ICT is that it can deliver such information in a timely and efficient manner.

But that is only helpful if useful information is there to be delivered, and presented in a way that allows potential recipients to find it easily."

David Steven @ December 8, 2003 01:26 PM

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