Measuring e-business for Development


Gagnon, S., Hung, P.C., Passerini, K. & Vargas Martin, M. (Eds.) (2006). “Measuring e-business for Development”. In International Journal of Infonomics, Special Issue January 2006. London: e-Centre for Infonomics. Retrieved October 05, 2006 from

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ISSN: 1742-4712

Type of work: Article (outreach)




Among many positive outcomes from the first World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS-1, Geneva, December 2003), Heads of States have recognized the importance of clearly measuring the diffusion of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), and Internet Technologies, e-commerce, and e-business in particular. The upcoming 2nd WSIS (WSIS-2, Tunis, November 2005) shall prove even more promising in bringing innovative methods and solutions to support ICT policy making for development.

However, research and policy communities must overcome several challenges in order to build a truly international measurement process that will yield relevant, reliable, and comparable metrics. In addition, they must build the institutional framework to ensure a coherent measurement system addressing the particularities of ICT in various economies. Finally, working relationships must be redefined among statistical agencies, ICT and industrial policy units, research centers, local industry associations, etc.


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