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Internet: Third-world Access

Volume 694: debated on Tuesday 17 July 2007

asked Her Majesty’s Government:

When the next internet governance forum will take place; and what suggestions will be presented by United Kingdom representatives at the forum for the promotion of enhanced internet access for third-world countries in receipt of United Kingdom aid support. [HL4702]

The next internet governance forum takes place from 12 to 15 November 2007.

The IGF provides an opportunity to look in depth at examples of good practice and approaches for addressing the digital divide. There are a number of proposals for workshops from business and non-governmental organisations looking at aspects of improving internet access in developing countries.

The Government fully support improved internet access in all countries across the developing world and we will contribute constructively to discussions in these workshops where appropriate. However, we have no plans to present suggestions in respect of countries in receipt of United Kingdom development assistance.