Building Digital Bridges

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This report looks at efforts by stakeholders at the local, national and international level to bridge the digital divide. It reviews the role of new technologies, multi-stakeholder partnerships and ICT indices in reducing the gap, taking an in-depth look at the cases of Australia, Hong Kong, India, Korea (Rep. of) and Malaysia. The report also proposes a methodology for the development of a composite Digital Opportunity Index (DOI).



Measuring the digital divide

Every era has its challenges. Often times the impacts of such challenges are largely confined within the context of geographically-defined jurisdictions. Only occasionally challenges with limitless scope and widespread impacts arrive in a way that define the evolution of societies globally for a very long time. For the most part, such challenges are technology-related; historians like to refer to them as ‘revolutions’. By all accounts, we are at such a junction today with the set of interrelated Information and Communications Technologies (ICTs).


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