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Measuring the Information Society Report 2015

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The Measuring the Information Society Report (MISR), 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 2015 captures the level of ICT developments in 167 economies worldwide and compares progress made since the year 2010. The MISR 2015 assesses IDI findings at the regional level and highlights countries that rank at the top of the IDI and those that have improved their position in the overall IDI rankings most dynamically since 2010. The report will feature a review and quantitative assessment of the global ITU goals and targets agreed upon at PP-14 and included in the Connect 2020 Agenda. In addition, the MISR will show the results of the ICT Price Basket (IPB) and present and analyse fixed- and mobile-broadband price data for around 180 economies. The report also includes a chapter looking into recent developments of the Internet of Things (IoT).

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The Internet of Things: data for development

Historically, the field of information and communication technology (ICT) has consisted of a wide variety of infrastructural systems, devices and capabilities that were developed and operated independently from one another. In 2005, ITU published one of the first reports on the Internet of Things (IoT) and pointed to the possibility of connecting many new elements to telecommunication networks (ITU, 2005a) Ten years after, the emergent trend and advent of IoT are unifying the various disparate elements of the ICT landscape into a vast yet coherent network of technologies that are capable of communicating and interacting with each other in both anticipated and unanticipated ways.

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