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Confidence and security in the use of ICTs
The information and communication technology (ICT) revolution has brought new means of information distribution and communication. This applies, in particular, to the Internet, which, with its unique characteristic of being an open network across which anybody can send information, contributed in shaping a new global marketplace. Global connectivity, on-line shopping, e-mails, all bring great benefits and advantages to both small and large users. However this openness raises concerns on the reliability and security of networks for more sensitive or valuable transactions.

Digital security concerns have been growing in recent years, touching not only telecom operators and large financial companies, but also smaller enterprises using ICTs in their daily business. End-users are also asking for more guarantees on the protection of their personal data and privacy, and intellectual property rights seem to play a leading role in a society where information is the most valuable asset.

During the ITU Plenipotentiary Conference in Marrakech, member countries stated that the benefits of ICTs can only be fully harnessed if there is confidence that these technologies and networks are reliable and secure. Technical measures are necessary to improve security, but they alone will not be sufficient. Building confidence in ICTs requires, inter alia, the implementation of appropriate policies and balanced regulations, the removal of obstacles to cooperation, the fostering of international standards and the promotion of regulatory harmonization. All of these measures will help in the creation of a safe and user-friendly digital environment, and therefore assist in the development of new applications and the diffusion of information communication technologies for the benefit of all.

 
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