World Economic Forum – Networked Readiness Index

The WEF has released its Global Information Technology Report, which includes the Networked Readiness Index:

Since it was first launched in 2001, The Global Information Technology Report has become a valuable and unique benchmarking tool to determine national ICT strengths and weaknesses, and to evaluate progress. It also highlights the continuing importance of ICT application and development for economic growth.

The Report uses the Networked Readiness Index (NRI) to measure the degree of preparation of a nation or community to participate in and benefit from ICT developments. The NRI is composed of three component indexes which assess:

– environment for ICT offered by a country or community
– readiness of the community’s key stakeholders (individuals, business and governments)
– usage of ICT among these stakeholders.

Here are the top ten (plus one) rankings:

  1. Denmark 5.71
  2. Sweden 5.66
  3. Singapore 5.60
  4. Finland 5.59
  5. Switzerland 5.58
  6. Netherlands 5.54
  7. United States 5.54
  8. Iceland 5.50
  9. United Kingdom 5.45
  10. Norway 5.42
  11. Canada 5.35

This is the first time that Denmark tops the list, while the US slipped from 1st to 7th place.

2 Responses to “World Economic Forum – Networked Readiness Index”

  1. Stephen Downes

    As I’ve commented elsewhere, this isn’t a measurement of any import, it is a piece of political advocacy. Work through the criteria carefully and ask whether you wnat to be the sort of society that ranks higher on the index.

  2. Harold

    Thanks, Stephen.

    I wasn’t too keen on the measurement either, so I put it up on my blog to keep it in my personal knowledge management system for future reference. I’m sure someone will bring up these figures in a report (like a self-sufficiency task force) at a later date.

    I also figured that others, more knowledgeable of WEF practices, would make helpful comments 🙂


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