Very little has been written or published on the global experience vis-a-vis information technology that puts both developed and developing countries into a larger context from which lessons can be extrapolated. Within the IT and development fields, there has been much talk and hyperbole about the power of IT to transform the economic development process, but very little rigorous analysis has been carried out to document the global situation. The frontier of the field is to explore and understand how IT is being used in the developing world, what the barriers to IT diffusion and adoption are in developing countries, and what the main lessons are from the developing world that can aid in designing policies and solutions that can overcome the international digital divide. This report provides a comprehensive and comparative analysis of the diffusion and use of information technology in 70 countries around the world.
It consists of three main sections: a series of country rankings comparing the global experience of different nations based on various crieteria of IT readiness; a collection of essays by recognized experts on a series of IT-related subjects key to understanding the issues involved in extending the benefits of IT to the developing world; and country profiles that highlight the overall situation and major trends relating to IT within each country. The scope of the report is quite ambitious, as is the methodology, as data has been generated through a series of surveys of global business leaders.show more