Measuring the Information Society Report 2014

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The MIS Report, which has been published annually since 2009, features key ICT data and benchmarking tools to measure the information society, including the ICT Development Index (IDI). The IDI captures the level of ICT developments in 166 economies worldwide and compares progress made during the last year. The MIS 2014 highlights the relationship between ICT development (as measured by the IDI) and the MDGs, a contribution to the ongoing discussions on the potential of ICTs as development enablers. The report includes the results of the ICT Price Basket (IPB) and new mobile-broadband price data for over 140 economies. Price data are analysed to provide insights into the relationship between affordability and income inequality, competition and regulation. The report also looks at new ICT data sources for measurement and examines the possible role of ICT big data for monitoring and development.



The role of big data for ICT monitoring and for development

One of the key challenges in measuring the information society has been the lack of upto- date and reliable data, in particular from developing countries. The information and communication technologies (ICT) sector is evolving rapidly, as are the types of service and application that are driving the information society, all of which makes identifying and tracking new trends even more challenging. As the key global source for internationally comparable ICT statistics, ITU is continuously working to improve the availability and quality of those statistics and identify new data sources. In this context, the emergence of big data holds great promise, and there is an opportunity to explore their use in order to complement the existing, but often limited, ICT data.


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