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Council of Europe (COE)
In line with its main focus on human rights, democracy, the rule of law and cultural co-operation, and based on the Declaration on a European Policy for New Information Technologies of 1999, the Council of Europe developed a number of legal instruments for its 44 member states and beyond concerning the Information Society. International co-operation and harmonisation in the criminal law field beyond Europe has been achieved through the Convention on Cyber Crime of 23 November 2001. Specific action is currently pursued on racism on the Internet under this Convention and the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance. Guidelines for data protection and privacy were developed in Recommendation (99) 5 and for copyright in Recommendation (2001) 7. Besides legal co-operation, self-regulatory initiatives against harmful content were recommended under Recommendation (2001) 8 and through an international conference in November 2001. In order to ensure the widest possible access to cyber information and services, the Council of Europe called on member states to promote universal access at community level under Recommendation (99) 14 and recommended enhancing access to judicial services under Recommendation (2001) 3 as well as to local government services under a CLRAE Recommendation and Resolution. Specific action on Internet literacy is currently undertaken, and guidelines for cultural policies for the Information Society have been developed. In the inter-parliamentary sector of the Council of Europe, policy instruments have been adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly on new technologies and, for instance, North-South technology transfer, democracy, employment, small and medium size enterprises, labour legislation as well as training of workers.
European Commission, DG Information Society
The web site of the DG Information Society (formerly Information Society Project Office, ISPO) guides the reader through the many and various aspects of the Information Society in the European Union. The site highlights also theEU-activities in the Information Society with a global contex. The eEurope+ Action Plan contains useful links to the IS-websites of the EU-candidate countries. With regard to Information Society and Development, the European Commission published a report called “The Information Society and Development” in January 2001.
For G-7/G8 links see Digital Opportunity Task Force in the private sector and private/public partnerships links page.
Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD)
OECD has thematic web pages on Electronic Commerce and Information and Communication Technologies. Linked to them are web pages on Measuring the Information Economy, Tax and Electronic Commerce, Trade Aspects of the New Economy, E-Government, ICT and Learning, Information and Communication Policy. The latter contains information on Consumer Policy, Information Economy, Information Security and Privacy, and Telecommunications and Internet Policy. The reader may also find documentation like Events/Conferences/Meetings, Guidelines, Proceedings and Statistics , Data and Indicators, as well as the development assistance aspects of ICT issues :Exploiting the Digital Opportunities for Poverty Reduction, Joint OECD/UN/UNDP/World Bank Global Forum, Paris 6-7 March 2001.
World Bank
The World Bank hosts several initiatives with regard to Information Society and Knowledge Management. The Information for Development Program (infoDev) is a global grant program managed by the World Bank to promote innovative projects on the use of information and communication technologies for economic and social development, with a special emphasis on the needs of the poor in developing countries. The Global Development Network (GDN), started with a World Bank grant, aims at supporting and linking research and policy institutes involved in the field of development. The Development Gateway Portal is part of the World Bank Group's efforts to harness information and communication technologies (ICT) for development and poverty reduction. Recently, the Portal has been outsourced to the Development Gateway Foundation, see Development Gateway below). The Development Forum is a meeting place for the development community to share knowledge and resources and an opportunity for its members and the public to provide input into GDN. The World Bank Group’s Global Information and Communication Technologies (GICT) plays an important role in promoting private participation and developing telecommunications services in the emerging markets. The World Bank Institute has a special “Knowledge for Development” (K4D) Policy Service and produces the Global Development Learning Network.



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