|Title||The Global Observatory for the Information Society|
Every year ITU collects, compiles and publishes the most comprehensive set of information and communication technology (ICT) statistics in the world – but these compilations are nonetheless far from complete.
The next few years represent a critical phase in global ICT development: the industry is undergoing a rapid shift, there is a need to demonstrate the huge potential of broadband, and both the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have a fast-approaching target date of 2015.
The aim of the Global Observatory project is to create the most comprehensive database of comparable ICT statistics ever compiled, while laying the groundwork for a sustainable stream of reliable data and analysis, especially from developing countries.
The Global Observatory for the Information Society will serve as a worldwide repository for ICT data and analysis. It will enable policy makers in all countries to take informed decisions on national ICT policies and strategies. By providing a more comprehensive foundation for ICT knowledge than has ever been available, it will also encourage and facilitate private investment in the ICT sector.
The Global Observatory will:
• Significantly enhance existing ICT statistical databases, improving the quantity, quality and timeliness of ICT data, worldwide
• Build much-needed ICT statistical capacity in developing countries
• Support and co-finance data collection and the conducting of ICT surveys in developing countries
• Produce high-quality analytical reports and timely statistical news on the latest ICT developments
• Strengthen global initiatives like the MDGs, WSIS and the Broadband Commission for Digital Development
This Project is Archived