The Digital Divide: ICT Development Indices 2004

Added link to report in .doc format

Again through my subscription to one of the lists of The Development Gateway (BTW, that usually means John Daly :)

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) has publised the ICT Development Indices for year 2004. First of all, I’m glad they called the report that way, The Digital Divide: ICT Development Indices 2004, instead of something such as “ICT Implantation Indices” or something even colder, as numbers usually are.

The report begins with a comparison amongst year 1995 and year 2002 indices.
It then deals with telephone lines, mobile suscribers, internet hosts, PCs and internet users. Lorenz curves for these items are really impressive – not their drawing, but the message within!

The report goes on with some best practices about the introduction of ICTs and then points exclusively on Africa.

Highly recommendable.

PDF file The Digital Divide: ICT Development Indices 2004 (422 Kb)
DOC file The Digital Divide: ICT Development Indices 2004 (1,398 Kb)

If you need to cite this article in a formal way (i.e. for bibliographical purposes) I dare suggest:

Peña-López, I. (2005) “The Digital Divide: ICT Development Indices 2004” In ICTlogy, #20, May 2005. Barcelona: ICTlogy.
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About Me

    I am Ismael Peña-López.

    I am professor at the School of Law and Political Science of the Open University of Catalonia, and researcher at the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute and the eLearn Center of that university. I am also the director of the Open Innovation project at Fundació Jaume Bofill.