Want bad news?: ITU Digital Access Index: World’s First Global ICT Ranking

By Ismael Peña-López
ICTlogy (ISSN 1886-5208). Issue #3, December 2003

 

Octeto pointed on Monday to the ITU Digital Access Index: World’s First Global ICT Ranking.

I couldn’t agree more with this statement: “Our research, however, suggests that affordability and education are equally important factors”. I’ve always believed that (access to) content and services are far more interesting than infrastructures (no wonder infrastructures are also a need, but should not get the main focus).

It’s “fun” to see there are some charts highlighting the top countries in different rankings but no lowest countries highlights: too crude to be shown? You have to go back to the Digital Access Index to see who’s in the worst position in this race.

BTW, I wouldn’t panic about Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali, Chad, Guinea-Bissau, Ethiopia, etc. and their digital divide: they surely are more concerned about their food divide, their health divide or their human rights divide. Of course ICT would help, but let’s not be cynical.

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

Peña-López, I. (2003) “Want bad news?: ITU Digital Access Index: World’s First Global ICT Ranking” In ICTlogy, #3, December 2003. Barcelona: ICTlogy.
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