Friday, February 24, 2006

From the Digital Divide to Digital Opportunities.

Go to the report's UNESCO website.

Summary: "This work is the first result of the merger of two well-known initiatives, ITU’s Digital Access Index (DAI) and Orbicom’s Monitoring the Digital Divide/Infostate conceptual framework and model, and from now known as the “ICT Opportunity Index”. This is a response to calls from the international community and follows the explicit recommendation of the WSIS Plan of Action, paragraph 28, to '…develop and launch a composite ICT Development (Digital Opportunity) Index' to combine statistical indicators with analytical work on policies and their implementation. This measurement tool reflects the importance the ITU attaches to the collection, dissemination and exchange of information on telecommunications/Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). It further highlights the role of ITU as the main source of global telecommunication/ICT statistics."

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Digital Opportunity Platform said...

In response to the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), ITUand its partners of the DigitalOpportunity Platform has launched a new repot to track digital opportunity around the globe. The World Information Society Report 2006 is the first edition in a series of reports that will monitor
the development of the Information Society worldwide. In particular, this new series will chart progress towards the implementation of the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS)and WSIS targets.

The report charts progress towards building the Information Society in the light of the WSIS targets and the Millennium Development Goals, as called for in the WSIS Geneva Plan of Action. It evaluates access to telecommunications and digital opportunity in 180 economies
worldwide and considers the policy implications for the further evolution of the Information
Society, through the DigitalOpportunity Index (DOI), which is one of the two indices endorsed
in the WSIS Tunis Agenda.

• Chapter one, A Summit for Building the Information Society describes the origins of this report in the World Summit on the Information Society and explains how the WSIS endorsed
an agreed methodology for international benchmarking and evaluation of progress in building the information society, notably through the use of composite indices.

• Chapter two, Measuring the Information Society, introduces the Digital Opportunity Index (DOI) as a statistical tool for policy-makers and describes how it measures digital opportunity around the world in terms of access to telecommunications, price of services and affordability, network penetration and the take-up of new technologies such as broadband and mobile Internet.

• Chapter three, Information Society Trends, shows how the DOI can be used to analyse the latest trends in the evolving digital divide and track the transition of the telecom industry
through wireless and mobile forms of access.

• Chapter four, From measurement to policy-making, reviews recent developments in policy and regulatory reform and shows how the DOI can be used to support the policymaking process by identifying trends and gaps in ICT policy, especially in universal service policies and policies to address urban/rural and gender divides.

• Chapter five, Beyond WSIS: Making a difference globally, focuses on WSIS implementation and follow-up in different countries, and considers the valuable work underway to promote ICT development in the wake of WSIS.

• Chapter six, Towards an Information Society for All, is the concluding chapter and summarises the main findings emerging from this Report’s review of digital opportunity worldwide.

A 54-page Statistical annex presents the latest available data on 180 economies worldwide.

The Executive Summary of the report provides a synopsis of the full report.

ITU looks forward to continuing its fruitful collaboration with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the Korea Agency for Digital Opportunity and Promotion (KADO) and new partners, such as LINKasia, on future editions of this series.