CIC is the short name for “Standing Committee on Information and Communication” a committee of World Federation of Engineering Organizations (WFEO). The CIC works under the leadership of the WFEO.
The CIC’s duty is to dedicate to push forward the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to be widely applied globally, particularly in developing countries, for narrowing the gaps between them developing countries developed countries.
The headquarters or Secretariat of the CIC is affiliated to a national mechanism of a hosting country, from where the CIC Chairman comes.
The mechanism the CIC headquarter affiliated to have to supply necessary support for the CIC running.
The world is entering into Information Age and the United Nations organized two World Summits on Information Society (WSIS) in 2003 and 2005. Information and Communication Technology, ICT for Development, is the flag technology for the Information Age and Information Society, and also the major tool for human beings to achieve the goal in the 21 century.
Information engineers have a particular responsibility for the implementation of a sustainable Information Society global-wide and minimization of the digital gap between developed and developing countries.
As a standing committee of WFEO, the CIC should take on the following responsibilities for fulfilling the tasks allocated by WFEO in accordance with the WSIS/WSSD Solutions and the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals.
- Making efforts to spread the knowledge concerning ICT within, and outside, WFEO so that more and more people, engineers in particular, understand what ICT is and why and how ICT can help in transferring the industrial/agricultural societies into information society.
- Making efforts to closely work together with all possible sectors of the society worldwide for promoting the utilization of ICT as advanced and efficient tool to improve the quality and efficiency of their works, raising the world economy and people’s living standards.
- Using Internet, an integrative embodiment of ICT, to distribute the knowledge of ICT, to share the successful progresses for demonstration of how ICT-based Internet can assist people in education, poverty eradication, disaster prevention and mitigation, healthcare, and so on.
- Using Internet, an integrative embodiment of ICT, to promote data-information-knowledge sharing among developed and developing nations so that the gap between advanced countries and countries in the third world can gradually be narrowed.
- Making contributions to the Internet governance led by IGF, a global platform set up by the United Nations in 2006, so that the Internet can be more trustable, more securable, more peaceful, and more constructive to human beings.