IDC Announces Participation in United Nations Initiative to Bridge the Digital Divide

FRAMINGHAM, MA – NOVEMBER 1, 2002 – IDC today announced its participation in a major United Nations initiative on e-Government and the Digital Divide. Key findings from the 2002 IDC Information Society Index (ISI) were presented this week at an e-Government debate in the United Nations. This prestigious event provided the UN permanent representatives, ambassadors and other top UN officials with critical information and best practices for implementing e-Government strategies. IDC was represented by Stephen Minton and David Emberley, from the IDC Global Research Organization.


The annual ISI study provides government officials with the necessary data to benchmark progress toward technology adoption and the development of appropriate e-government policies. "The ISI allows governments to understand the success stories, the infrastructure requirements and the appropriate strategies concerning the development of a flourishing Information Society," said Stephen Minton, director of Worldwide IT Markets research at IDC.

"The digital divide is a real issue today, on many levels," said IDC's Minton. "The divide between developed countries and the least developed nations is as wide as the divide which often exists within many populations. E-government can and will play a critical role in bridging this divide, with a focus on education, leadership and technology best practices. We look forward to working closely with and supporting UN members in the coming months."

David Emberley acknowledged that the growth of Internet adoption and e-Commerce will continue to play a critical role in the economic development of many nations in the coming years. "According to IDC's Internet Commerce Market Model, in the developed world, we have moved on to considering issues such as broadband and wireless technology. In the least developed nations, we are at a much earlier stage of adoption, where simply providing the most basic levels of Internet access can be a major step forward."

The IDC Information Society Index (ISI) measures the information wealth of 55 nations around the world, based upon benchmarked data for IT adoption, Internet usage, telecommunications infrastructure, education levels and social factors. IDC's Internet Commerce Market Model is IDC's mission critical tool for developing Internet and eCommerce forecasts worldwide. For more information about IDC's Information Society Index and IDC's Internet Commerce Market Model, call Amie White at 508-935-4653 or at

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