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World Telecommunication Development Report 2006

Measuring ICT for Social and Economic Development

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This is the eighth edition of ITU's World Telecommunication/ICT Development Report. The 2006 edition's theme is "Measuring ICT for social and economic development" and was specifically prepared for the World Telecommunication Development Conference in March 2006. Besides looking at the progress made in measuring the impact of ICT on social and economic development, the report provides the latest telecommunication/ICT indicators for some 180 economies wordwide.

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Measuring the information society

In November 2005, the second phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) took place in Tunis, Tunisia. The fact that the United Nations decided to hold this Summit illustrates the increasing importance attached to information and communication technologies (ICTs). It demonstrates the pervasiveness of these technologies, as well as the recognition that ICTs are having a profound impact on people’s lives. Besides putting the spotlight on the Information Society, the WSIS also highlighted the need to measure it.

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