Abstract - The Information Society 25(4)

Extracting Core ICT Indicators Using Entropy Method

Payam Hanafizadeh, Mohammad Reza Hanafizadeh, and Mohsen Khodabakhshi

In this article a methodology is presented to extract indicators that appropriately measure the information society and the digital divide between countries and whose statistics the majority of countries can collect. With the help of content analysis, the entropy method, and consideration of the diffusion aspects of digitalization, thirty-seven reputable information society and digital divide models are analyzed to indentify “core information and communication technology (ICT) indicators”. To overcome the limitation of the nonexistence of data, the information and the knowledge embedded in information society and digital divide models are employed as proxies for experts' opinions for extracting the core ICT indicators. Comparison of the prior indicators and the proposed ones reveals that the former ignore three important dimensions: e-learning, e-government, and networked world enablers.


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