Measuring progress: review of the targets and information and communications technology indicators of the World Summit on the Information Society

Measuring progress: review of the targets and information and communications technology indicators of the World Summit on the Information Society

 
Date: 
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Type: 
Official documents
Abstract

Asia and the Pacific is at the forefront of the information and communications technology (ICT) revolution, ranking as the largest producer and exporter and as one of the main consumers of ICT. Understanding the benefits and costs of ICT has become more complex, making it more challenging for policymakers to analyse its social, economic and environmental impact. Consequently, governments urgently need accurate, relevant and internationally comparable data.
In response, the World Summit on the Information Society called for developing clear indicators for ICT measurement. The Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development was subsequently launched as an inter-agency initiative tasked with defining a core list of indicators and related statistical methodologies and standards in order to build up an internationally comparable database for ICTs. Despite progress made by the Partnership in increasing the availability of statistics, the Asia-Pacific region continues to show the largest data gaps. As a consequence, it is particularly difficult for policymakers of the region to base their strategies on evidence-based analysis. Among other things, the gaps concern key data sets that would facilitate a better understanding of the multidimensional impact that ICTs have on sustainable development goals in the context of the emerging post-2015 development agenda.
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