Regional Profile of the Information Society in Western Asia, 2011 - United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia



ESCWA Publication: E/ESCWA/ICTD/2011/4

Country: Arab region

Publication Type: Reports & studies

Publication Subject: Regional Profile of the Information Society in the Arab Region

Cluster: Statistics, Information Society and Technology

Focus Area: 2030 Agenda, Technology & innovation

Initiatives: Arab information society, Digital Development

SDGs: Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Keywords: Arab countries, Information society, Knowledge-based economy, Serial publications, Sustainable development, Development strategies, Statistical data, Regional cooperation, Recommendations, Culture, Information technology, Communication technology, Communication policy, Science and technology policy, Information society, Mass media

Regional Profile of the Information Society in Western Asia, 2011

January 2011

The information society, in which information is processed efficiently, including the production, exchange, adaptation and use of information, is the appropriate environment for achieving sustainable development and enhancing the quality of life for all citizens. However, the move towards the information society constitutes a real challenge to developing countries, particularly in view of the expanding digital divide with developed countries, thus rendering them increasingly vulnerable to reduction in their productive and economic capacities. Given the importance of information societies as a path for achieving sustainable development and realizing the Millennium Development Goals, and in the process of following up to the World Summit on the Information Society, ESCWA prepared this regional profile report, which is the fifth in a series on the information society in Western Asia. The present report provides essential information on the status of the information society in ESCWA member countries.

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