Measuring Progress: the Digital Divide and Review of Targets of the World Summit on the Information Society

Measuring Progress: the Digital Divide and Review of Targets of the World Summit on the Information Society

 
Date: 
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Type: 
Official documents
Abstract

This is a paper on Measuring Progress: the Digital Divide and Review of Targets of the World Summit on the Information Society for the Committee on Information and Communications Technology, Fourth session, held in Bangkok, Thailand on 14 to 16 October 2014.

The purpose of this note is to present an overview of regional progress in implementing the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). Survey data collected in 2013 from member and associate members, and publicly available data, suggest that there has been progress in the past decade towards achieving the WSIS objectives. Larger segments of the population have access to information and communications technology (ICT), in particular mobile phones, and more public institutions are connected online than ever before. However, progress is incomplete, and in some instances the digital divide has actually increased as more advanced countries have surged ahead in implementation of WSIS objectives. Mobile broadband may enable some countries to catch up on Internet connectivity. Further improvements in terms of local content and language diversity would help stimulate investments in connection infrastructure and make ICT more affordable.
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