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Measuring the Digital Transformation

A Roadmap for the Future

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Measuring the Digital Transformation: A Roadmap for the Future provides new insights into the state of the digital transformation by mapping indicators across a range of areas – from education and innovation, to trade and economic and social outcomes – against current digital policy issues, as presented in Going Digital: Shaping Policies, Improving Lives. In so doing, it identifies gaps in the current measurement framework, assesses progress made towards filling these gaps and sets-out a forward-looking measurement roadmap. The goal is to expand the evidence base, as a means to lay the ground for more robust policies for growth and well-being in the digital era.

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Broadband connections in households are an indicator of people’s access to information and services. Disparities in broadband access are partly explained by urban-rural divides within countries, particularly in countries with lower per capita incomes. Urban-rural divides in access can occur for a variety of reasons including fixed broadband networks not extending into some rural areas (lack of availability), lower uptake in rural areas, which may be associated with broadband prices being higher in harder-to-serve areas, incomes being lower, etc., and divides in terms of broadband quality (speed, latency, reliability and so on. See page 3.7 for more information).

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