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Governing Global Electronic NetworksInternational Perspectives on Policy and Power$
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William J. Drake and Ernest J. Wilson III

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262042512

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262042512.001.0001

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Louder Voices and the International Debate on Developing Country Participation in ICT Decision Making

Louder Voices and the International Debate on Developing Country Participation in ICT Decision Making

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(p.429) 12 Louder Voices and the International Debate on Developing Country Participation in ICT Decision Making
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Governing Global Electronic Networks
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David Souter

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262042512.003.0337

In 2000, the Group of Eight (G8) created a multistakeholder group called the Digital Opportunity Task Force to address international questions on information and communications technology (ICT) from a variety of perspectives on the development spectrum. Two years later, it released a report entitled Louder Voices, which examined why developing countries have little participation in international ICT decision making. This chapter examines the main findings of the Louder Voices report and relevance in the light of the World Summit on the Information Society. In particular, it analyzes the domestic and international institutional issues that can limit the effectiveness of developing countries’ participation. It highlights domestic constraints and capacity building as the most pressing problems, and calls for sophisticated leadership to enable developing countries to participate and defend their interests effectively in international negotiations.

Keywords:   information and communications technology, development, developing countries, Louder Voices, Group of Eight, Digital Opportunity Task Force, decision making, World Summit on the Information Society, capacity building

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