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Hong Kong

ICT4D resources on Hong Kong

Quick Facts

Total population 7.15 million (2012 est.)
GDP per capita

USD 49,800 (2011 est.)

Key economic sectors by contribution to GDP

Financial services, trading and logistics, tourism, and producer and professional services

Fixed-line telephones per 100 inhabitants

61.06 (2011)

Mobile phone subscribers per 100 inhabitants
209.64 (2011)
Internet users per 100 inhabitants
74.50 (2011)
Domain names registered under '.hk
172,551 (2008)
Broadband subscribers per 100 inhabitants
31.54 (2011)
Internet international bandwidth
127,495.50 Mbps (September 2008)
Percentage of population covered by mobile signal

Source: Digital Review of Asia Pacific 2009/2010

Country Profile (OpenNet Initiative)

Digital Review of Asia Pacific 2007/2008

Digital Review of Asia Pacific 2005/2006

Digital Review of Asia Pacific 2003/2004

ICT at a Glance (World Bank)


Office of the Government Chief Information Officer

General Resources

Country Profile (BBC)

Development Gateway's Country Resources

The Economist's Country Briefing

The World Factbook (CIA)

Resources on E-Co Hub

Women and The Web

From activists in Egypt to coffee farmers in Colombia, the Internet has transformed the lives of billions of people. It functions as a gateway to ideas, resources, and opportunities that never could have been realized before. All around the world, the Internet is helping people to imagine new possibilities—and then, to make them happen. But women and girls are being left behind. On average across the developing world, nearly 25 percent fewer women than men have access to the Internet, and the gender gap soars to nearly 45 percent in regions like sub-Saharan Africa. Even in rapidly growing economies the gap is enormous. Nearly 35 percent fewer women than men in South Asia, the Middle East and North Africa have Internet access, and nearly 30 percent in parts of Europe and across Central Asia. In most higher-income countries, women’s Internet access only minimally lags that of men’s. Bridging the Internet gender gap represents an opportunity of immense proportions. Internet access is fast becoming an indispensable entrée to a hyper-connected world. Without access to the Internet, women lack access to its tools, resources and opportunities. The findings from this study demonstrate that Internet access and usage boost women’s income and income potential, increase women’s sense of empowerment and increase women’s sense of equity.

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Looking Ahead: The Development of Information Management in Asia’s Public Sector

Looking Ahead: The Development of Information Management in Asia’s Public Sector

The paper explores several areas linked to information management systems throughout Asia Pacific, and reveals a strong general trend towards improved management systems. It also highlights the massive growth of data that governments are required to keep and the challenge of keeping up with expected future growth.

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Hong Kong Government's ICT Strategy and Initiatives

The Hong Kong Government is intent on harnessing the full potential of information and communications technology (ICT) to benefit the community and enhance Hong Kong's position as a leading digital city. The resource provides the reader with an overview of Hong Kong Government's strategy and initiatives in promoting the adoption of ICT in both the public and the private sectors, and how the reader could profit from the effort.

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2008 Digital 21 Strategy

2008 Digital 21 Strategy

The Digital 21 Strategy was first published in 1998 as the blueprint for Hong Kong's ICT development. It was updated on a regular basis to take into account technological and socio-economic changes. The 2008 Digital 21 Strategy contains five key action areas: facilitating a digital economy; promoting advanced technology and innovation; developing Hong Kong as a hub for technological cooperation and trade; enabling the next generation of public services; and building an inclusive, knowledge-based society. The strategy also details a list of 21 indicators to measure Hong Kong's long-term ICT development over time.

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