Measuring the information society report 2016

23 November 2016

The Measuring the Information Society 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 2016 captures the level of ICT developments in 175 economies worldwide and compares progress since the year 2014.

The report assesses IDI findings at the regional level and highlights top performing countries and those that have most dynamically improved their rank in the IDI since 2014. It also uses the findings of the IDI to analyze trends and developments in the digital divide. The report highlights the role of ICTs in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and presents the newly agreed SDG indicator framework, including the ICT indicators.

In addition, it presents 2015 prices for ICT services for about 160 countries and provides a detailed analysis of mobile-cellular, fixed-broadband and mobile-broadband prices over the period 2008-2015. The report includes a chapter looking into the current status of mobile adoption, focusing on those who do not own or use a mobile phone yet and their main barriers to mobile-phone adoption. The report also provides evidence that despite the rapid spread and evolution of the Internet, socio-economic factors and analogue skills remain important determinants for benefitting from the opportunities of the Internet.

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International Telecommunication Union, 2016, Measuring the information society report 2016, International Telecommunication Union, viewed 24 March 2017, <http://apo.org.au/node/71070>.

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