The Web Index: measuring the Web’s growth, utility and impact on people and nations; http://eicker.at/WebIndex2012
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The Web Index: “Designed and produced by the World Wide Web Foundation, the Web Index is the world’s first multi-dimensional measure of the Web’s growth, utility and impact on people and nations. It covers 61 developed and developing countries, incorporating indicators that assess the political, economic and social impact of the Web, as well as indicators of Web connectivity and infrastructure. – This is the first edition of the Web Index, which will be published annually. It will eventually allow for comparisons of trends over time and the benchmarking of performance across countries, continuously improving our understanding of the Web’s value for humanity. … Web Readiness: The Index examines the quality and extent of Communications Infrastructure (facilitating connectivity to the Web] and Institutional Infrastructure [policies regulating Web access and skill and educational levels enabling the full benefit of the Web). – Web Use: The Index looks both at Web usage within countries (such as the percentage of individuals who use the Internet) and the content available to these Web users. – The Impact of the Web: The Index uses social, economic and political indicators to evaluate the impact of the Web on these dimensions. This includes measures of social networks, business internet use and e-participation.”
World Wide Web Foundation: “Established by Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the World Wide Web Foundation is a non-profit organization devoted to achieving a world in which all people can use the Web to communicate, collaborate and innovate freely, building bridges across the divides that threaten our shared future. … However, only a small minority of people – mainly urban, male, and affluent – are part of the Web’s global conversation. Despite the recent surge in mobile internet access, nearly two-thirds of the world’s people [mostly in the developing world] are still not connected at all. And once connected, what people are able to do on and with the Web is increasingly threatened by government controls, as well as by certain commercial practices. We seek to establish the open Web as a global public good and a basic right, ensuring that everyone can access and use it freely.”
The Web Index 2012 “covers 61 developed and developing countries, incorporating indicators that assess the political, economic and social impact of the Web, as well as indicators of Web connectivity and infrastructure”. The Top 10 nations of 2012 are Sweden, USA, UK, Canada, Finland, Switzerland, New Zealand, Australia, Norway, and Ireland. France (14), Germany (16), and Japan (20) have essential problems with their Web readiness, use, and impact. The Web Index offers great visual insights to its aggregated and segmented data.
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