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Despite the great progress in deepening regional connectivity through information and communication technologies, Asia and the Pacific is still the most digitally divided region in the world, with less than eight per cent of the population connected to affordable and reliable high-speed Internet. As a result, millions of people are shut out from transformative digital opportunities in education, health and financial services. Women and girls, in particular, have lower levels of access to broadband Internet and other knowledge-enhancing technologies. The Asia-Pacific Information Superhighway initiative aims to increase the availability and affordability of broadband Internet for all people across Asia and the Pacific.

 

Russian Federation wins 2019 WSIS Prizes

Three Russian IT projects - “Public Libraries of St. Petersburg”, “My Documents” and “Center for Monitoring and Responding to Computer Attacks in the Credit and Financial Sphere of the Bank of Russia” - are among the Champions of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). The award ceremony was held at the WSIS Forum, which took place in Geneva from April 8 to 12.

Promoting inclusive broadband through Village Broadband Internet Project (Net Pracharat) in Thailand

The Village Broadband Internet Project (Net Pracharat) aims to strengthen the national broadband network and provide affordable high-speed Internet access to all villages in Thailand by 2019. The government is investing in building high-speed Internet networks, using fiber optic cables, in remote villages that lack such services. This will enable local residents to have access to useful information and services on many topics, such as education, public health and government services.

A Pilot Community Network in Pakistan: Online Supplementary Education and its Impact

Since December 2015, the Internet Society, in partnership with COMSATS Internet Services, has been implementing a pilot initiative in Chak-5 Faiz, a rural village in Pakistan, as part of the Wireless for Communities (W4C) Programme. This programme focuses on last mile connectivity in rural and remote areas, which involves developing communities’ capacity to build and operate the wireless network, and empowering them to create and use digital services.

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