"Psychological insights are valuable in painting a dimensional portrait of how individuals and their societies have been affected by advances in information technology," says Rubin, a professor at Argosy University/Illinois School of Professional Psychology-Chicago. "We are aware of how the industrial revolution is associated with divisions within and across societies in the form of racial, social and economic inequalities. Psychologists are concerned with correcting these divisions by narrowing the digital divide that has accompanied the information revolution."

The first meeting, to be held Dec. 10-12 in Geneva is expected to draw thousands of dignitaries, government leaders, NGOs, media and business representatives, and members of the public.

Participants will address the following questions and issues:

  • How can ICTs be made affordable and accessible to the world's inhabitants, and how can those who have access be helped to use ICTs effectively?

  • The development of ICTs has implications for economic, social and cultural development. How can these technologies be leveraged to help promote the common goals of humanity?

  • What steps should be taken to assure users that ICTs are reliable and secure, so that the benefits of these technologies can be fully realized?

For more information on the Geneva summit--or on the second WSIS in Tunis, Tunisia, Nov. 16-18, 2005--visit www.itu.int/wsis.

--N. CRAWFORD