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WSIS Thematic Meeting on Measuring the Information Society
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7-9 February, 09h00 - 18h00

The WSIS Thematic Meeting on Measuring the Information Society was organized under the umbrella of the "Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development, with the support of the Agence Intergouvernementale de la Francophonie. It brought together representatives from all countries involved in the statistical measurement of the information society, with the objective of:

  • Agreeing on a common list of ICT core indicators to be collected by all countries and harmonized at the international level, which will constitute the basis for a database on ICT statistics
  • Identifying and addressing the needs of national statistical offices (NSOs) in developing countries as regards technical assistance in the compilation of ICT indicators
  • Discussing mechanisms to quantify the relevance and contribution of ICT indicators towards improving development and achieving the Millennium Development Goals
  • Presenting ongoing work concerning the creation and maintenance of an international database on ICT indicators

The outcome of the meeting provided practical suggestions on policies and programmes that help countries to measure ICT for policy-making. It produced concrete recommendations to implement the Geneva Plan of Action in the area of ICT indicators for benchmarking and evaluating ICT access and use, as a practical input to the second phase of WSIS (Tunis, November 2005) and its follow-up. The report of the meeting was presented at the WSIS PrepCom2, be held in Geneva from 17 to 25 February 2005.


  • Representatives from government offices responsible for ICT statistics
  • International and regional organizations
  • Civil society and the business community

Please find below the following documents for this session:

Last updated: 4 September 2006 16:32