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The Independent Commission for Worldwide Telecommunications Development: "The Maitland Report"


The report of the Independent Commission for World Wide Telecommunications Development, better known as the "Maitland Report", after its chairman Sir Donald Maitland, was published by ITU in 1984. The full text is available, as a facsimile copy below:

The Missing Link [E]
Le Chaţnon Manquant [FR]
El Esablˇn Perdido [ES]

To mark the 20th anniversary of the completion of the Commission's work, the Anima Centre, an NGO dedicated to combining sustainable development, organizational culture and creative vitality, has brought together a collection of 20 essays to bring attention to the work accomplished by the Maitland Commission. The essays reflect a very changed world of telecommunications as well as the challenge that remains - connecting the one billion people in the world who still have no access to basic telecom services. The book of essays was published to coincide with the second phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Tunis, Tunisia in November 2005. Access the Anima Centre website to learn more about this specific  publication.

In addition, Tim Kelly, Head of ITU's Strategy and Policy Unit has prepared an articled named "Twenty Years of Measuring the Missing Link". The article looks at what has happened in the 20 intervening years to convert a global shortage of phones into a glut of over-capacity as well and how the world has changed in these two decades. In his article Dr. Tim Kelly also explores how the science of measuring the “missing link”—or the “digital divide” as we are more likely to call it today—has affected our understanding of the problem.

Twenty Years of Measuring the Missing Link (October 2005)


 

 

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