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Measuring the Information Society 2013

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The ITU Measuring the Information Society (MIS) Report, which has been published annually since 2009, features two benchmarking tools to measure the information societythe ICT Development Index (IDI) and the ICT Price Basket (IPB). The IDI captures the level of ICT developments in 157 economies worldwide and compares progress made during the last year. The IPB combines the consumer prices for (fixed and mobile) telephone and Internet broadband services for 161 economies into one measure and compares these across countries, and over time.

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Measuring the world's digital natives

Digital environments have permeated and changed the lives of young people the world over – from mobile-phone text messaging to massive multiplayer gaming and online video sharing. For more than two decades, people have discussed and debated the emergence of a distinct and recognizable global population of young people who were born into the digital age and are growing up using information and communication technologies (ICTs) in their daily lives. This population of networked youth is often referred to as digital natives, and has been praised, celebrated, critiqued and worried over. One groundbreaking collection of seminal ethnographic studies, for instance, has outlined “how digital media are changing the way young people learn, play, socialize, and participate in civic life”. In a summary of their five-year research programme, they argue that: “Most youth use online networks to extend the friendships that they navigate…. The majority of youth use new media to ‘hang out’” (Ito et al., 2008).

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