When discussing the many inequalities of our hemisphere, one recurrent issue is the so-called digital divide. This divide exists not only along the traditional lines of north/south disparities (developed versus developing countries) but also within countries when comparing urban and rural areas and particularly the social structure of wealthy minorities and poverty-stricken majorities.
Government ministers and senior officials representing countries from across the Americas would address the implications of the latest developments in broadband infrastructure, policies and strategies in the Americas.
Public sector organizations in 32 Latin American and Caribbean countries are eligible for these awards, designed to recognize efforts to use information and communication technologies (ICTs) to implement strategies to improve transparency and participation. Institutions connected to the executive, legislative or judicial branches or other central government agencies are eligible.