Vilnius declaration

  • IFIP World Information Technology Forum (WITFOR)
Conference paper
Part of the IFIP International Federation for Information Processing book series (IFIPAICT, volume 161)


Participants from 68 countries at The First World Information Technology Forum (WITFOR), organised by IFIP under the auspices of UNESCO and hosted by the Government of Lithuania, gathered in Vilnius, Lithuania, 27–29 August 2003. They addressed the following major goals: Bridging the digital divide; Ensuring the freedom of expression; Reducing poverty through the use of education and Information and Communications Technology (ICT); Facilitating social integration; Respecting linguistic and cultural diversity; Fostering the creation of public domains; Supporting communities in fighting illiteracy; Encouraging e-governance and e-democracy initiatives; Improving the quality of life; and Protecting the local and global environment. The Forum conducted its work through 8 commissions: Preparing the ground for ICT; Building the infrastructure; Economic opportunities; Empowerment and participation; Health; Education; Environment; and Social and ethical aspects of the Information Society.

Key words

cultural diversity Digital Divide e-democracy e-governance environment freedom of expression illiteracy linguistic diversity poverty public domain quality of life social integration 

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© International Federation for Information Processing 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • IFIP World Information Technology Forum (WITFOR)
    • 1
  1. 1.International Federation for Information ProcessingLaxenburgAustria

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