Innovation in the realm of information technology continues its rapid pace, with cloud computing representing one of the latest advances.
Significant improvements in the capacity to process, transmit and store data are making cloud computing increasingly important in the delivery of public and private services.
This has considerable potential for economic and social development, in particular our efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and define a bold agenda for a prosperous, sustainable and equitable future.
The Information Economy Report 2013 marks the first time the United Nations is examining the economic potential of cloud computing for low- and middle-income countries, where rates of adoption are currently low.
With governments, businesses and other organizations in the developing world considering whether to migrate some or all of their data and activities to the cloud, this publication is especially timely.
I commend its information and analysis to all those interested in learning more about the benefits and risks of the cloud economy.
|The Report is under embargo until|
5 p.m. GMT on 3 December 2013