Discussing ICT developments, trends and challenges

International Seminar on Information and Communication Technology Statistics will be held in Seoul, Republic of Korea from 19-21 July

Statistics on information and communication technologies (ICTs) have received increasing attention in recent years, highlighting the need for reliable data on new technologies that have impacted all aspects of economic and social life. Especially since the Tunis phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), there has been much progress on the production of ICT statistics.

At the same time, the ICT area continues to evolve rapidly and statistical standards and definitions need to be revised and adapted continuously. As the main data collectors, national statistical agencies are crucial players in ensuring sustainable and internationally comparable ICT statistics.

The Seminar takes place at the half-way point between the Tunis phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and 2015, when the United Nations General Assembly will review progress towards achieving the WSIS targets, in line with the MDGs. As such, this Seminar presents a timely opportunity for statistical agencies and other relevant stakeholders to discuss new developments, trends and challenges related to ICT statistics.

The Seminar will in particular facilitate the exchange of experiences, discuss progress on ICT statistics and policy making, measuring the information society and information economy as well as measurement issues related to households ICT surveys.

DESA’s Statistics Division, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and the Statistical Office of the Republic of Korea (Statistics Korea) in cooperation with the Partnership on Measuring ICT for Development, are organizing this seminar.

More information: http://unstats.un.org/unsd/ict

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