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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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The ICT Development Index (IDI)

The ICT Development Index (IDI) is a composite index combining 11 indicators into one benchmark measure that serves to monitor and compare developments in information and communication technology (ICT) across countries. The IDI was developed by ITU in 2008 and first presented in the 2009 edition of Measuring the Information Society (ITU, 2009a). It was established in response to ITU Member States’ request to develop an ICT index and publish it regularly. This section briefly describes the main objectives, conceptual framework and methodology of the IDI.

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