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Results of the WSIS opinion survey

 

A questionnaire EN FR ES was posted on this website in September 2002.  It was designed to provide the WSIS Executive Secretariat with a general understanding of the way in which the various stakeholders view the elements of the global information society.  

The survey was closed on February 13, 2003.  A total of 80 responses were received from 46 countries.  The results of the survey can be seen in the table below. 

Views of the Information Society

 

Placing

 

Total number of points allocated

Percentage of max. points that could have been attributed

Importance of the proposed WSIS themes

 

1

The information society is one in which all citizens throughout the world can equally access and utilize information resources for sustainable economic and social development, thus narrowing the digital divide

41

51.3%

 

 

2

The information society is one based on the widespread dissemination and use of information and knowledge resources

20

25%

 

 

3

The information society is one in which information and communication technologies (ICTs) underpin social and economic development

15

18.8%

 

 

4

Different definitions

9

11.3%

Importance of proposed WSIS Themes

 

1

Access to ICTs

347

86.8%

 

 

2

Education

337

84.3%

 

 

3

Infrastructure

319

79.8%

 

 

4

Applications and Content

291

72.8%

 

 

5

Governance

280

70%

 

 

6

Security

270

67.5%

 

 

7

Other

12

3%

Barriers to achieving the information society

 

1

Poverty

309

77.3%

 

 

2

Low levels of literacy

304

76%

 

 

3

Lack of adequate infrastructure

291

72.8%

 

 

4

High-priced ICT services

281

70.8%

 

 

5=

Lack of investment

279

69.8%

 

 

 

Poor institutional structures

279

69.8%

 

 

7

Absence of international cooperation

252

63%

 

 

8

Lack of security

210

52.5%

 

 

9

Other

5

1.3%

Who should take the lead role in addressing these barriers?

 

1

Government

324

81%

 

 

2

Public/private partnership

292

73.8%

 

 

3

International organizations (e.g. UN)

267

66.8%

 

 

4

Independent regulatory authority

264

66%

 

 

5

NGOs/civil society

263

65.8%

 

 

6

Other private sector

256

64%

 

 

7

Incumbent public telecoms operator

247

61.8%

 

 

8

Other

7

1.8%

Which forms of access to ICTs offer the most appropriate solutions for developing and transitional economies?

Now

1

Fixed-line telecommunications

297

74.8%

2

Cellular mobile

282

70.5%

3

Public access points

277

69.3%

4

Satellite solutions

227

56.8%

5

Voice over IP (Internet Telephony)

210

52.5%

6

Wireless LANs

205

51.3%

7

Interactive television

165

41.3%

8

Other

5

1.3%

 

 

Future

1

Voice over IP

336

84%

2

Cellular mobile

302

75.5%

3

Public access points

286

71.5%

4

Satellite solutions

274

68.5%

5

Wireless LANs

270

67.5%

6

Fixed-line telecoms

257

64.3%

7

Interactive television

242

60.5%

8

Other

41

10.3%

How important is personal use of ICTs in different applications?

Now

1

Education

246

61.5%

2

Employment

234

58.5%

3

Government

222

55.5%

4

E-commerce

204

51%

5

Health

167

41.8%

6

Other

5

1.3%

 

Future

1

Education

291

72.8%

 

 

2

Employment

290

72.5%

3

Government

289

72.3%

4

E-commerce

275

68.8%

5

Health

252

63%

6

Other

57

14.3%

 


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