ITU's digital opportunities index

The World Information Society Report 2006, complied in response to the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), which was held Geneva from 10-12 December 2003 and in Tunis from 16-18 November 2005, assesses by way of the Digital Opportunity Index access to telecommunications and digital opportunities in 180 countries.  It also looks at implications for the definition of policies for the future development of the information society.  The report, which was prepared by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), is the first of a series that will follow the development of the information society at a global level, recording progress made in implementing the objectives set at the WSIS.

The Digital Opportunity Index aims to measure the ease of access that citizens have to Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), in terms of both availability and price, on a scale that ranges from zero, representing total lack of ICT access, to one, representing full ICT access.

The index ranks Portugal at 41st position in this set of countries, with a score of 0.52 compared to a worldwide average of 0.37. The average score of the forty European countries that were analysed is 0.55, with Portugal occupying 25th position among this group.

The index was developed by the Digital Opportunity Platform, which is made up of the ITU, UNCTAD (United Nations Conference on Trade and Development), KADO (Korea Agency for Digital Opportunity & Promotion) and by the Ministry of Information and Communication of the Republic of Korea.


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