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Q&A about the WISR

     Download the Executive Summary, including a world map of the DOI for 180 economies

     Launch of the WISR   [video]  [speech]
Mr. Blois, Deputy Secretary-General of ITU

     The WISR in the context of WSIS [video]  [speech]
         Mr. Charles Geiger, Executive Director of WSIS-ES

     The WISR    [video]  [presentation
         Dr. Tim Kelly
, Head, Strategy and Policy Unit, ITU
         Miss Phillippa Biggs
, Economist, SPU, ITU


World Information Society Report 2006

Q&A about the Digital Opportunity Index (DOI)

ITU is proud to announce the launch of the World Information Society Reports series, in collaboration with its partners UNCTAD and the Korea Agency for Digital Opportunity.

“The World Information Society Report” is the first edition in a series of reports that will monitor the development of the Information Society worldwide. In particular, this new series will chart progress towards the implementation of the outcomes of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and WSIS targets. This report has been prepared in response to the World Summit on the Information Society, held in Geneva in 2003 and Tunis in 2005.

This report charts progress towards building the Information Society in the light of the WSIS targets and Millennium Development Goals. It evaluates access to telecommunications and digital opportunity in 180 economies worldwide through the Digital Opportunity Index, as called for in the WSIS Geneva Plan of Action. The report combines statistical analysis of the latest ICT trends with insights into the impact of ICTs. It uses the Digital Opportunity Index (DOI) to monitor different aspects of the Information Society, particularly the growth of mobile telephony that is of primary importance to developing countries.

However, the focus is not on measurement alone - special attention is devoted to policy consequences, with practical illustrations of how indicators and indices can be used to improve policy, in aspects such as education, the gender divide, urban/rural divide. Policy-makers and governments will find applied examples that are directly relevant to their work in this report.

In direct response to WSIS, the World Information Society Report also provides an insight from the WSIS follow-up and implementation in on-the-ground projects. The aim is to combine analysis of high-level trends with illustrations and specific examples of WSIS projects in action, to highlight the progress being made on different Action Lines. This chapter cites examples from the Stocktaking database and success stories website to highlight the valuable work the ITU is undertaking.

Don't hesitate to contact us for any further inquiries!

  What is the DOI?

  Why did the ITU and the Ministry of Information and Communications of the Republic of Korea create the DOI?

  How does the DOI measure digital opportunity in the Information Society?

  What are its main advantages?

  What can it be used for?

  What should it not be used for?

  How does the DOI measure the digital divide?

  What are the sub-indexes, and what are they used for?

  Where do the data for the DOI come from, and what can they be used for?

  How can I update or correct information in the DOI?

  Why is there a time lag between the reference date of the DOI and the release date of the analysis of the DOI in the World Information Society Report 2006?

  Why is the DOI not compiled for all countries?

  Is the DOI comparable over time?

  How will the DOI be improved over time?

  How can the DOI be adjusted for gender differences?

  Are there any sub-national indexes available?

  How can the DOI help developing countries and how can the DOI help policy analysis?

  When will the next update be available?

 Digital Opportunity Platform | WISR series page | DOI page


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