The research study “The Relationship between Local Content, Internet Development and Access Prices” is the result of collaboration between the Internet Society (ISOC), the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and UNESCO.
During the joint workshop at the IGF 2011 Janis Karklins, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information, said, “Understanding the relationship between development of local content, Internet and access prices could help to demonstrate the economic benefits of expanded infrastructures across countries, particularly if the amount of local infrastructure fosters the development of local content in local languages. The availability of local content could also, in turn, stimulate demand for Internet services. Finally the prices of local Internet access could hinder or promote the development of local content.”
Vint Cerf, Chief Internet Evangelist, Google, shared Google’s experience in developing fifteen translation tools that facilitate access to information in different languages. He also suggested creating cloud computing service by establishing regional and national data centers. Muriuki Mureithi, from Kenya, and Tarek Kamel, from Egypt, shared their good practices related to a proactive support for infrastructure, open government, and access to governmental information and services. A remaining challenge is how to create a sustainable framework including local script, infrastructure, software and applications in local languages, as well as to enable all stakeholders, particularly civil society and local community, to create more local content for economic, public and entertainment purposes, which local users need.
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