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Information Economy Report 2009

Trends and Outlook in Turbulent Times

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The Information Economy Report 2009: Trends and Outlook in Turbulent Times (IER 2009) is the fourth in a series published by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). The report is one of the few publications to monitor global trends in information and communication technologies (ICTs) as they affect developing countries. It serves as a valuable reference for policymakers in those nations. It gives special attention to the impact of the global financial crisis on ICTs. The report offers a fresh assessment of the diffusion of key ICT applications between 2003 and 2008. It includes chapters on the use of ICTs in the business sector and on the impact of the financial crisis on ICT trade.

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Preface

The speed at which information and communication technologies (ICTs) have diffused around the world has vastly exceeded the expectations voiced at the World Summit on the Information Society gatherings in 2003 and 2005. More than half the world’s people now have access to such technologies, and especially to mobile telephones. Moreover, mobile applications have become more than just tools for talking. Some least developed countries are pioneering new forms of mobile usage, for example to access information and to facilitate banking transactions and trade.

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