legal and regulatory issues

Integration of Information and Communication Technologies into National Development Plans for Central Asian Countries

This publication is the output of the project on "Capacity Building for ICT Policymaking" supported by UNDA and executed in cooperation with UNECE. The project’s main objective was to assist decision makers in Central Asia and the Caucasus in building indigenous capacity for ICT strategy and policy development, in particular for integration of ICT in national development programme. It is the major aim of this publication to assist in reaching the above-mentioned objective.

UNESCAP Reference No.:  ST/ESCAP/2502

Enhancing Pacific Connectivity: The Current Situation, Opportunities for Progress

Compiling new socio-economic and connectivity indicators, the study finds most Pacific states delivering on health care and education, with many people noting that socio-economic opportunities provided by affordable and effective communications may now be a high priority. The study describes opportunities for improved cable and satellite connectivity, and for the use of terrestrial wireless as well as wired and satellite connectivity within Pacific states.

ICT Infrastructure in Emerging Asia: Policy and Regulatory Roadblocks

This book brings together scholars, practitioners, former regulators, and policy makers to address the problem of expanding information and communications technology (ICT) connectivity in emerging Asia. It centrally engages the widespread claim that technology by itself — independent of policy and regulatory reform — can improve access to ICTs. In doing so, it shows that while complex workarounds are possible, they are significantly less effective than the appropriate policy and regulatory reforms.

Compliance with Information and Communication Technology Related Multilateral Frameworks: Information Technology Enabling Legal Frameworks for the Greater Mekong Subregion

This publication provides a guide for Greater Mekong Sub-region countries to define and determine their requirements to shape e-business legislation and address such complex issues as: contract validity and enforceability, jurisdiction, privacy, consumer protection, security of transactions, intellectual property, and online fraud.

UNESCAP Reference No.: ST/ESCAP/2329

Good Practices in Information and Communication Technology Policies in Asia and the Pacific: Promotion of Enabling Policies and Regulatory Frameworks for Information and Communication Technology Development in the Asia-Pacific Region

This study is intended to be a resource for ICT policy planners and decision makers, and offers policy-oriented perspectives on ICT policy formulation and implementation in the Asia-Pacific region In preparing for the study, fact-finding missions were fielded to India, Malaysia and the Republic of Korea, followed by a regional seminar on enabling policies and regulatory frameworks for ICT development in the Asian and Pacific region held at Bangkok in December 2003 and an ESCAP/ITU regional training workshop on enabling policies and regulatory frameworks for ICT development in the Asian and

Becoming e-Cities: Legal Issues and Challenges

The paper highlights various legal issues that may hinder e-commerce and the solutions that have been devised at international and regional levels to resolve the issues. This includes comparative studies of countries that have successfully implemented or incorporated e-commerce solutions into daily government activities. The intended result is to show how e-commerce can be transformed to work.

Regulations, Policies and Legal Frameworks Related to ICT: International Management Standards for ICT Development in the Greater Mekong Subregion

The study aims to promote an awareness and appreciation of how new and emerging international management standards such as ISO 9000 (quality management systems), ISO 17799 (information security management systems) and the Capability Maturity Model (CMM) can enhance competitiveness and quality in the ICT software and hardware sectors in the Greater Mekong Sub-Region and other countries of the Asia-Pacific region, while ensuring the confidentiality, integrity and availability of networked information.

UNESCAP Reference No.:  ST/ESCAP/2353

The Legal Aspects of Electronic Government in Pacific Island Countries: A Reflection

The initiatives for regional cooperation and integration as envisaged in the Pacific Plan, particularly on the implementation of a regional digital strategy for enhancing information and communication technology will have direct bearing on the future development of e-government structures in the region. Furthermore, the wider strategic objective within the Plan of improving transparency in the governance, management and use of national and regional resources resonates with the idea of e-government acting as a facilitative tool to achieving that objective.

Empowering Parliaments through the Use of ICTs

e-Parliament is an emerging area of work in developing countries, and is thus still in its infancy when compared to national ICT for Development strategies, e-government or e-commerce. Not surprisingly, there are few studies on the subject, few comparative experiences and human resources are limited. The study has developed an analytical framework that focuses on the three core functions of Parliaments - legislation, representation and oversight - and establishes links between them.