Information Economy Report 2012

The Software Industry and Developing Countries

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The IER 2012 highlights the growing importance of the software industry for developing countries, building on earlier UNCTAD work on the promotion of the ICT sector in general and the software industry in particular. The report contains new data and features the new UNCTAD National Software System Index. It highlights the role of free and open source software for the development of a local software industry, reviews selected country case studies and presents policy options.




Information and communications technologies continue to transform our society. In recent years we have seen dramatically improved access to mobile telephones, the Internet and broadband connectivity throughout the developing world. These trends are gradually helping to dismantle barriers towards the goal of an “information society for all” agreed by world leaders at the World Summit on the Information Society.


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