1375.0 - Discussion Paper: Measuring a Knowledge-based Economy and Society - An Australian Framework, 2002
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Possible indicators for this dimension are:
CHARACTERISTIC: Social Change
As discussed in chapter 4, the indicators chosen are those measures of economic and social progress that some commentators have suggested should be affected to some extent by a KBE/S. However, because of the difficulty in establishing 'cause and effect' relationships, and because factors other than a KBE/S impact upon broader economic measures, the choice of these indicators is not straightforward. This is an area where the ABS would particularly welcome comment.
Apparent gaps in available statistics for this dimension include:
Indicators of the so-called digital divide (or digital opportunity) can be found in the ICT dimension. The digital divide refers to inequality in access to ICT, especially the Internet. Important digital divide indicators are household and individual use of ICTs (and barriers to use) by socio-demographic and region characteristics. It has been argued that households and individuals without access to ICTs will become increasingly marginalised as ICTs, especially the Internet, are used instead of (or more effectively than) other means of communicating and conducting transactions (see Lee et al (2002) for a more in-depth discussion on this topic).