TÁRKI projects categorised by research area
World Internet Project (2001-ongoing)
Society and ICTs The year 1989 witnessed two major developments of enormous historical significance. One was the collapse of Communism all over East-Europe, and the other was the birth of the World Wide Web - wrote Pippa Norris (2001 - www.pippanoris.com). The subsequent Information Revolution was the condition for and the result of the global world economy at the same time. Europe – both the older members of the EU and the newly accessed countries are integrated part of the globalized world village. The Information Revolution means that the telecommunication and information infrastructure is being digitalized and is going through an extraordinary rapid development that affects the different sectors of economy, and changes the everyday life of people.
However, the penetration speed of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) vary greatly. There are differences between socio-economic groups, and between geographic regions and countries in the level of access and usages of ICT's. These differences are called “global divide” (between countries and continents), while socio-economic inequalities in access to and use of ICTs are called “social divide”. One of the main focus of the World Internet Project study is "digital divide" either from global or social perspective.
WIP is a major, international, collaborative project that looks at the social, political and economic impact of the Internet and other new technologies. Hungary has been participated in this longitudinal, cross-national study since 2001. It is the 6th wave of the yearly survey to be completed in July, 2006 by a research consortium consisting of TÁRKI Social Research Institute Inc., ELTE ITHAKA (Research Centre of Information Society and Network) and BME ITTK (Information Society and Trend Research Institute).
Based on WIP surveys TÁRKI monitored the eEurope+ and eEurope2005 household indicators for the Hungarian Government since 2001. The statistical data provided by TÁRKI are also used by Eurostat. Aside from monitoring studies TÁRKI acted as consultant to the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication in the preparation of Hungarian Information Society Strategy in 2003.