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April 22, 2011

#177a – NRI, yet another standard of living index

i thought i was done with indexes.  after all in #177 – how soft is your standard of living i listed more than enough of those…  until i clicked, and learned of another standard.  a very  relevant one.  The Networked Readiness Index (NRI) featured in The Global Information Technology Report 2010-2011, examines how prepared countries are to use ICT [Information and Communication Technologies] effectively on three dimensions:

  • the general business, regulatory and infrastructure environment for ICT
  • the readiness of the three key societal actors – individuals, businesses & governments – to use and benefit from ICT


  • their actual usage of available ICT.

So who tops the world?


  • other than Iceland [16th], all Nordic countries made it to the top 10 list.
  • Asia, with Singapore in second place, is rising steadily.  Taiwan, China, and Korea improved five places to 6th and 10th respectively; Hong Kong SAR follows closely at 12th.

personal interest:

  • Israel ranks #22
  • India ranks #48
  • why did Canada go down?
Report is published by The World Economic Forum
To read report on-line click HERE




  1. I am missing the political dimension – how free is the usage of the information – especially by individuals – from supervision and interference? Maybe it’s hidden under ‘regulatory’ but I believe that it’s worth being explicitly mentioned.

    Comment by Dan Romascanu — April 24, 2011 @ 23:04 | Reply

    • i believe it’s covered under the first dimension; “the general business, regulatory and infrastructure environment for ICT.”
      my guess would be that it’s phrased this way to ensure that
      a] it’s clear enough for us to figure it out
      b] it’s vague enough for no country to take offense of lose face due to the implication…

      i haven’t read the whole report yet, just scanned it; so can’t commit to knowing. does this report or others that are about the world for which you create standards ever come up in your IEEE or IETF meetings?

      Comment by yael wagner — April 24, 2011 @ 23:50 | Reply

  2. Sure. Not this report specifically (it is very recent) but the subject of the ‘network neutrality’ is of great interest in the IETF. Then much of the activity of the SDOs in the networking and internetworking fields is targeted exactly towards creating the infrastructure of the ‘readiness’ and providing part of the tools that allow measuring the usage and availability of resources.

    Comment by Dan Romascanu — April 25, 2011 @ 00:12 | Reply

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