Digital economy

Digital economy refers to an economy that is based on the modern information and communication technologies (ICT), also known as digital computing technologies, which enables and executes the trade of goods and services primarily through the use of the Internet and the World Wide Web.


Digital business

Digital business refers to the use of modern digital technologies to create a competitive advantage based on a unique combination of digital and physical resources.


Digital government

Digital government refers to the application of modern ICT to improve government internal operations and public services and to increase citizen participation in democratic governance.


Digital technologies

Digital technologies refer to the use of digital resources (e.g. mobile, cloud, “green” ICT, big data technologies, Internet of Things) to effectively find, analyse, create, communicate and use information in a digital context.


Digital infrastructure

Digital infrastructure refers to the composite ICT resources (hardware, software, networks) and services needed for the operation and maintenance of such an ICT environment.


Digital divide

Digital divide refers to the economic, educational, and social inequalities between those who do have access to modern ICT and the Internet and those who do not have such an access.


Digital inclusion

Digital inclusion refers to both: (a) availability of modern ICT and (ii) the capability of to use these technologies for everyday activities such as business, education, health care or other socio-economic needs.


Digital dividend

Digital dividend refers to the broader development benefits from investing in digital technologies. Growth, jobs, and services are the most important returns to digital investments (World Bank, 2016).



e-Readiness refers to the ability of an individual, organisation, community or country to successfully adopt, use and benefit from modern ICT (digital technologies). E-Readiness can also refer to an assessment process for the availability and use of ICT in an organisation, community or country.


Aggregated e-readiness

Aggregated e-readiness refers to the use of the accumulative combination of resources, effort and results for the successful adoption and beneficial use of modern digital technologies by individuals, organisations or communities.



e-Learning is defined as instruction, instructional content or learning experience delivered through a digital technology device (e.g. computer or mobile device) that is intended to support learning.


Aggregated e-learning readiness

Aggregated e-learning readiness refers to the ability of educational or training organisations to combine resources and effort directed to the use of digital technologies for achieving enhanced quality of teaching and learning.

CDF Digital Taxonomy