The 2007 ICT Opportunity Index, the ITU explains, “has benefited from the expertise of several international and research organizations, (and) is based on a carefully selected list of indicators and methodology. It is an important tool to track the digital divide by measuring the relative difference in ICT Opportunity levels among economies and over time.”
It’s the result of some clever analytical effort:
The 2007 ICT-OI, which is the result of the merger of the ITU’s Digital Access Index (DAI) and Orbicom’s Monitoring the Digital Divide/Infostate conceptual framework has been modified since it was last published in 2005. It is an excellent example for successful international cooperation and partnership work and follows the explicit recommendation of the WSIS Plan of Action, paragraph 28, to “…develop and launch a composite ICT Development (Digital Opportunity) Index” to combine statistical indicators with analytical work on policies and their implementation. [ITU]
It does all this and comes to the conclusion that Zimbabwe, Namibia and Kyrgyzstan, among others, offer higher ICT opportunities than India. (via LIRNE Asia)
Let’s say that this conclusion is methodologically sound. What’s it good for?