WEF Ranks Countries Striving for Full Digital Inclusion

Image source: Pietro Naj-Oleari; http://www.tnp.no/newsimg/computer_internet_users.jpg

Image source: Pietro Naj-Oleari; http://www.tnp.no/newsimg/computer_internet_users.jpg

The “World Economic Forum’s Global Information Technology Report 2015: ICTs for Inclusive Growth,” evaluates countries that are exploiting the opportunities ICT has to offer and bridging the digital divide through the Network Readiness Index (NRI). The NRI takes into account the following factors: “overall political and business environment, the level of ICT readiness and usage among the population, business and government, as well as the overall impacts of ICTs on the economy and society at large.”

The 2015 report included 143 economies and confirms that there of course still exists a digital divide both within and among these countries, recounting the consequences of “pervasive digital poverty.” This report ranked Singapore highest in “harnessing information technology” followed by Finland, Sweden, the Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, the United States, the United Kingdom, Luxembourg, and Japan.

In particular, they found Norway to have the best digital infrastructure overall and that 95% of Norwegians have internet access, making them second in the world in this respect (after Iceland). Norway has also demonstrated the impact of its ICT infrastructure, ranking third for “adaptability of the work environment” and the use of ICTs for education. Finally, Norway came sixth for the use of ICT to “improve access to basic services” and more than half of Norwegian workers hold “knowledge-intensive jobs.”

Source: The Nordic Page