An annual United Nations meeting on information technology will discuss ways to promote the Internet in less developed countries, the Xinhua News Agency reported July 4.
The conference, an annual event of the U.N. Economic and Social Council, is expected to endorse a global action plan involving the U.N., international agencies, corporations and national governments.
A U.N. panel of experts recently found that E-commerce is becoming a trade barrier for people, companies and countries that are not connected to the Internet. Nations unable to keep up with developments in information technology run the risk of being completely bypassed in the world economy.
The international community needs to deal with the digital divide in a coordinated rather than piece-meal way, said council president Makarim Wibisono of Indonesia.
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