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Measuring the Information Society Report

Measuring the information society report presents a global overview of the latest developments in information and communication technologies ICTs , based on internationally comparable data and agreed methodologies It aims to stimulate the ICT policy debate in ITU Member States by providing an objective assessment of countries rsquo performance in the field of ICT and by highlighting areas that need further improvement The ICT Development Index IDI is a composite index that combines 11 indicators into one benchmark measure It is used to monitor and compare developments in information and communication technology ICT between countries and over time The IDI is divided into the following three sub indices, and a total of 11 indicators Access sub index This sub index captures ICT readiness, and includes five infrastructure and access indicators fixed telephone subscriptions, mobile cellular telephone subscriptions, international Internet bandwidth per Internet user, households with a computer, and households with Internet access Use sub index This sub index captures ICT intensity, and includes three intensity and usage indicators individuals using the Internet, fixed broadband subscriptions, and mobile broadband subscriptions Skills sub index This sub index seeks to capture capabilities or skills which are important for ICTs It includes three proxy indicators mean years of schooling, gross secondary enrolment, and gross tertiary enrolment As these are proxy indicators, rather than indicators directly measuring ICT related skills, the skills sub index is given less weight in the computation of the IDI than the other two sub indices The data has been normalized to ensure that the data set uses the same unit of measurement The values for the indicators selected to construct the IDI are converted into the same unit of measurement, since some indicators have maximum value as 100 whereas for other indicators the maximum value exceeds 100 After normalizing the data, the individual series were all rescaled to identical ranges, from 1 to 10

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