Digital preparedness and the digital divide are two ways of measuring ICT performance across countries. Recently, the ITU has proposed that a new index of preparedness be used to measure the divide. My goal is to investigate the validity of this suggestion. I have argued that the ICT Development Index is ill-suited to this task because it engages in double-counting, confuses means and ends, adds together dependent and independent variables and adds rather than multiplies its component parts.
James, M. J. (2012). The ICT development index and the digital divide: How are they related? Technological Forecasting and Social Change, 79(3), 587-594. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.techfore.2011.08.010