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Information society - 08.11.2005

How to bridge the digital divide? New CEMR publication
How can we bridge the digital divide that has been on the rise for several years now, both within our regions and municipalities, and globally? What is the role of local and regional authorities in this process? Which concrete goals will have to be reached to have a fair and equal information society?
CEMR's new publication, issued in collaboration with its experts' network ELANET, answers these questions in a pragmatic way.
Making full use of the potential offered by Inforamtion and Communication Technologies requires political leadership, cooperation and partnership and a balanced approach to innovation and inclusion, says CEMR secretary general Jeremy Smith; Local Agenda i2010 constitutes a vital step in this direction.
The publication is available in four languages: English, French, German and Spanish. It includes the Cracow declaration, a strategic document that summarizes the political response of Europe's local and regional government to the challenges in the information society in ten goals. The declaration was adopted at the 5th European information society Conference, held in June 2005 in Poland.
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