Cook Islands National ICT Policy 2010

The age of the Global Information Society has arrived. Telecommunication
networks, computer systems and Internet technology – collectively known as
Information and Communications Technology (ICT) – now connect all parts of
the world. It is an inherently democratic and empowering force that presents an
unparalleled opportunity to improve the free flow of information and ideas around
the world.
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Digital technologies have transformed our lives in recent years. Digital literacy
has grown exponentially and digital devices have proliferated - personal
computers, mobile phones, laptops and mobile wireless devices. The new
digital environment is changing the way Cook Islands people live, work and play.
It is gradually transforming the way we learn and do business, stimulating
creativity and innovation across our economy and society. It presents immense
economic, environmental and social opportunities for us all - but there are new
challenges ahead.

Used wisely, the networked economy can also help entire nations grow and
develop – delivering broad social, economic, political and cultural benefits.
Products and services need no longer be constrained by distance or time.
Companies can trade and collaborate with suppliers and customers in every corner
of the world. Innovative nations that effectively embrace ICT can develop
entirely new industry sectors, creating additional jobs and increasing national
prosperity. Government services can now be provided online – anywhere and at
anytime.

Of course, a connected society also poses new challenges and threats. It is
therefore essential that laws and regulations are put in place to enable electronic
transactions to take place – but also to protect individuals, the community and
businesses against cyber-crimes and inappropriate online content and behaviour.
It is also important that our environment is protected from waste that might accrue
from obsolete ICT equipment. Wise practices will ensure that e-waste will have
minimal or zero impact on the vulnerable environment of the Cook Islands.
The focus of this policy is to provide an ICT strategic framework to facilitate
socio-economic development of the Cook Islands and to enable Cook Islanders to
participate effectively in the local and global economy by being able to exploit the
potential of the digital world to foster entrepreneurship, creativity and innovation,
and to seek out the best ideas and solutions on offer from the rest of the world,
consequently increasing productivity across the economy. Over the past decade
this new form of global connectivity has placed limitless amounts of information
and learning at our fingertips, providing all people in the Cook Islands with access
to information and knowledge that can help enrich their lives. Important public
information from any government sector is now just a click away. Staying in
touch with anyone in distant countries has never been easier.

Ano Tisam | System Service Technician
Information and Communication Technologies | Office of the Prime Minister
phone: +(682) 25 494 ext 815 | fax: +(682) 20 856 | | Private Bag | Avarua, Rarotonga, Cook Islands
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