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ITU Internet Report 2006: is the eighth in the series of "ITU Internet Reports" originally launched in 1997 by the International Telecom-munication Union. For previous titles in the series, such as "The Internet of Things" see the homepage of the ITU Internet Reports.

Written by a team of analysts from ITU's Strategy & Policy Unit (SPU), this eight edition of the ITU Internet Reports, entitled "", focuses on consumers and looks at how human lives are being continuously shaped and re-shaped by advances in digital technologies.

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1. going digital




living the digital world

statistical highlights

Prepared especially for ITU TELECOM World (December 4-8 2006 in Hong Kong), the 8th in the series of ITU Internet Reports, entitled, begins by examining the underlying technologies for new digital lifestyles, from network infrastructure to value creation at the edges. In studying how businesses are adapting to fast-paced digital innovation, the report looks at how they can derive value in an environment driven by convergence at multiple levels. Moreover, a great challenge lies in extending access to underserved areas of the world. In light of media convergence, a fresh approach to policy-making may be required, notably in areas such as content, competition policy, and spectrum management. And as our lives become increasingly mediated by digital technologies, digital identities (both abstract and practical) take on a new dimension. Concerns over privacy and data protection do not seem to be sufficiently addressed by today's online environments. In this context, the report examines the changing digital individual, and outlines the need for improving the design of identity management mechanisms for a healthy and secure digital world.
Press Conference presentation
Release of
ITU Internet Report 2006

Tim Kelly & Lara Srivastava
6 December 2006
(Hong Kong, China)

ITU Internet Reports 2006: was launched at ITU Telecom World 2006 and is now available online. The report includes chapters on enabling digital technologies and lifestyles, digital business, digital identity, as well as comprehensive statistical tables covering over 200 economies. This is the 8th in the series of ITU Internet Reports.

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foreword [30 KB]
data notes [40 KB]
glossary [120 KB]
list of acronyms and abbreviations [30 KB]

I. chapter one: going digital [130 KB]
1.1 the importance of being digital
1.2 digital, invisible and ubiquitous
1.3 digital dilemmas, digital dexterity
1.4 about this report

II. chapter two: [790 KB]
2.1 digital enablers
2.2 connected computing
2.3 digital communications content
2.5 digital transactions

III. chapter three: [360 KB]
3.1 deriving value
3.2 delivering access
3.3 defining policies
3.4 drawing lessons

IV. chapter four: [790 KB]
4.1 the digital individual
4.2 virtually private
4.3 managing identity in a digital world

V. chapter five: living the digital world [150 KB]
5.1 challenges to the digital world
5.2 digital days, digital daze
5.3 digital dreams

annex: information society statistics
list of economies

1. key indicators
2. cellular mobile subscribers
3. cellular mobile prices
4. mobile broadband subscribers and networks
5. internet usage
6. fixed broadband subscribers
7. fixed broadband prices
8. fixed and mobile broadband
9. market growth
10. world information society map [5.1 MB]
technical notes

 Press coverage for

 7days, 3 December 2006, 5 December 2006

 International Herald Tribune, 13 December 2006, 3 December 2006

 Taipei Times, 4 December 2006, 4 December 2006

 The News International, 3 December 2006

for more information contact lara srivastava at lara.srivastava(a)


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