Measuring information society with linear programming

Ali Emrouznejad, Roya Gholami

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The measurement of different aspects of information society has been problematic over along time, and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is spearheading in developing a single ICT index. In Geneva during the first World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) in December 2003, the heads of states declared their commitment to the importance of benchmarking and measuring progress toward the information society. Consequently, they re-affirmed their Geneva commitments in their second summit held in Tunis in 2005. In this paper, we propose a multiplicative linear programming model to measure Opportunity Index. We also compared our results with the common measure of ICT opportunity index and we found that the two indices are consistent in their measurement of digital opportunity though differences still exist among regions.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationBirmingham (UK)
PublisherAston University
Number of pages24
ISBN (Print)978-1-85449-749-9
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2009

Publication series

NameAston Business School research papers
PublisherAston University

Bibliographical note



  • ICT-opportunity index
  • DEA-oportunity index
  • information society
  • digital divide
  • linear programming
  • data envelopment analysis


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