the World Information Society Report
Q&A about the WISR
the Executive Summary,
including a world map of the DOI for 180 economies
Launch of the WISR
Mr. Blois, Deputy Secretary-General of ITU
The WISR in the context of WSIS
Mr. Charles Geiger, Executive Director of WSIS-ES
Dr. Tim Kelly, Head, Strategy and Policy Unit, ITU
Miss Phillippa Biggs, Economist, SPU, ITU
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
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.
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
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
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
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?