Measuring the Information Society 2010

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The 2010 edition of Measuring the Information Society features the latest ITU ICT Development Index (IDI), which captures the level of advancement of ICTs in more than 150 countries worldwide and compares progress made between 2002, 2007 and 2008. It also measures the global digital divide and examines how it has developed in recent years, and it discusses the impact of ICTs on socio-economic development. The report also features the ICT Price Basket, which combines fixed, mobile and broadband tariffs one measure and compares 2008 and 2009 data across countries. The analytical report is complemented by a series of statistical tables providing country-level data for the indicators included in the IDI and Price Basket.



Measuring the digital divide

The digital divide remains high on the agenda of national and international ICT policy makers. One of the key objectives of the IDI is to help monitor and assess the digital divide, and highlight areas for improvement. The chapter starts by looking at the IDI by level of development (developed/developing). It then presents an analysis of the digital divide using the methodology developed by Orbicom (2003), which was also used in the previous edition of this publication (ITU, 2009b). The final section presents the concept of time distance, an alternative way of looking at the digital divide.


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