October 12, 2010 - 11:45 am
Doreen Bogdan-Martin | Chief, Strategic Planning & Membership Dept., ITU

(Part of the ongoing WISENET Series)

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:242:height=100,width=70]]To bridge the digital divide, content and connectivity must go hand in hand.  We must ensure that the developing countries get the access, and applications they need to better their lives.  The access and applications must be affordable.   Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) bring great benefits but must be used responsibly.  ICT companies, Policy makers, educators, and parents all have a role to play to ensure that our children are protected and understand potentially harmful situations or materials on the Internet.   ICTs are transformational and have the power to better our lives. Improved health care delivery, and provision of education are two good examples.