Measuring ICT for Social and Economic Development

Saturday April 8th, 2006

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has released the eighth edition of its World Telecommunication/ICT Development Report.

The 2006 edition's theme is "Measuring ICT for social and economic development" and was specifically prepared for the World Telecommunication Development Conference in March 2006. That Conference set an agenda to connect the world by 2015, and adopted The Doha Action Plan which sets out a road map to implement the global objectives of harnessing the power of information and communication technologies (ICT) to accelerate the pace of development.

WTDC-06 was the first global development conference held in the wake of the World Summit on the Information Society, which concluded its deliberations in Tunis in November 2005. The Doha Action Plan takes on board several action lines set out by the Summit, specifically those related to information and communication infrastructure development, public policy and regulatory framework, capacity building, e-applications and radio spectrum management.