Measuring the Information SocietyThe Case of Cyprus

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Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

Original languageEnglish
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Abstract

Purpose: The purpose of this research is to study the development of the
information society in Cyprus. By applying a conceptual model, a
comprehensive measurement of the information society in Cyprus is carried out
and comparison with Malta and the EU average is performed. Specific
proposals are made for the successful development of the information society in
Cyprus.

Methods: A major part of this thesis is the review of the literature and in this
respect the exploratory nature of the first two research questions prompted the
application of a systematic narrative review by using a unique and well defined
procedure. Then the OECD framework descriptive model is applied to Cyprus
and Malta.

Findings: This research reaffirms the lack of a universally accepted definition
for the information society due its complex and diverse nature. However, a
common denominator of all definitions is that this concept is based on the ICTs
and that it is related to technology, economy and society. The systematic
narrative review demonstrated three distinct groups of indices. The ranking of
Cyprus does not differ significantly regardless of the scope of measurement of
each composite index. The relationship between small countries and
information societies has not drawn the interest of the scientific community. The
application of the model confirmed the position of Cyprus behind Malta and
helped to explain some reasons for the differences.

Conclusions: None of the available indices seemed appropriate for
policymakers in small countries trying to assess, and explain the relative
position of their countries. The OECD’s model appears the most helpful
approach in pinpointing problems, by comparing the results for two countries
that are relatively similar in size, location, history and general development but
which occupy different positions on other indicators. Recommendations concern
an information strategy and evaluation framework for Cyprus.