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Report on the WSIS Stocktaking 2016

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The eighth edition of the WSIS Stocktaking Report Series, focuses on contributions by stakeholders worldwide to WSIS and Sustainable Development Goals. It emphasizes achievements, highlights trends and draws conclusions consistent with the action lines referenced in the Geneva Plan of Action. This Report provides key findings on emerging trends in the development of the information society, and references major activities being implemented in the eighteen areas covered by the eleven WSIS Action Lines.

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Cultural diversity and identity

More than 50 per cent of the approximately 7 000 languages spoken in the world are likely to die out within a few generations, and 96 per cent of these languages are spoken by a mere 4 per cent of the world's population. Only a few hundred languages have genuinely been given pride of place in education systems and the public domain, and fewer than a hundred are used in the digital world. ICTs are playing the role of enabler for preserving cultural and linguistic diversity thanks to web- and mobile-based solutions.

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