Toward global measurement of the information society: a U.S.-China comparison of national government surveys

  • Kate Williams University of Illinois
  • Hui Yan Peking University
Keywords: digital divide, US-China comparison, survey, global

Abstract

To be global, digital and inclusive, we need comparable measures of ICT use around the world. To contribute to this, this research note analyzes what questions the Chinese and the U.S. governments ask in their large, long-running surveys on the topic of computer and internet use. The process and content of these surveys point up agreements, differences, and silences. Based on this, we propose nine basic questions that can be standardized and used in all country surveys of ICT use to create a coherent global dataset.
Published
2009-10-02
How to Cite
Williams, K., & Yan, H. (2009). Toward global measurement of the information society: a U.S.-China comparison of national government surveys. First Monday, 14(10). https://doi.org/10.5210/fm.v14i10.2576