Networked Readiness Index

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The World Economic Forum's Networked Readiness Index (NRI), also referred to as Technology Readiness, measures the propensity for countries to exploit the opportunities offered by information and communications technology (ICT). It is published in collaboration with INSEAD, as part of their annual Global Information Technology Report (GITR). The report is regarded as the most authoritative and comprehensive assessment of how ICT impacts the competitiveness and well-being of nations.[1][2]

The Networked Readiness Index (NRI) was first published in 2002 and provided a holistic framework for assessing the multi-faceted impact of ICT on society and the development of nations. Until 2016, the NRI was part of the Global Information Technology Report (GITR) published by the World Economic Forum (WEF), Cornell University and INSEAD. Under the World Economic Forum, the Networked Readiness Index (NRI), also referred to as Technology Readiness, was published as part of the’ ‘Global Information Technology Report (GITR).

In 2019, due to some internal reorganizations and changed priorities, the WEF handed over the production of the NRI to its original editors Soumitra Dutta and Bruno Lanvin. This provided an excellent opportunity for the NRI framework to be revisited and make it more future-ready.

Within this opportunity, the editors also changed the name of the index from the Networked Readiness Index to Network Readiness Index. In the 2019 edition, the NRI was reviewed to include 4 pillars: Technology, People, Governance, and Impact. In 2019 the NRI was published by Portulans Institute, co-founded by Soumitra Dutta, Bruno Lanvin and Carolina Rossini.

The report is regarded as the most authoritative and comprehensive assessment of how ICT impacts the competitiveness and well-being of nations.[3][4]

The index was originally developed by the Information Technology Group, which worked at Harvard University's Center for International Development until 2002. It seeks to better understand the impact of ICT on the competitiveness of nations and is a composite of three components:

  • the environment for ICT offered by a given country or community (market, political, regulatory, and infrastructure environment)l
  • the readiness of the country's key stakeholders (individuals, businesses, and governments) to use ICT
  • the usage of ICT among these stakeholders.

The 2019 Network Readiness IndexEdit

The Network Readiness Index 2019 ranks a total of 121 economies. A total of 62 indicators have been identified for the NRI 2019. Of these indicators, 40 are hard/quantitative data, 12 are index/composite indicator data, and 10 are survey/qualitative data.

The renewed NRI of 2019 has an improved structure that incorporates several features not included in the most recent model used for the index. This year’s results are therefore not entirely comparable with the rankings of previous editions. Nevertheless, the fundamental basis of the NRI is unchanged and, the rankings of NRI 2019 bear many resemblances to the results of NRI 2016. In fact, eight of this year’s top 10 countries featured in the top 10 in NRI 2016. The two top 10 countries in this year’s index that did not feature in the previous rankings’ top 10 are Denmark (11th in NRI 2016; 4th in NRI 2019) and Germany (15th in NRI 2016; 10th in NRI 2019).

  1. Sweden
  2. Singapore
  3. Netherlands
  4. Norway
  5. Switzerland
  6. Denmark
  7. Finland
  8. United States
  9. Germany
  10. United Kingdom

Global Information Technology Report 2016Edit

The 2016 edition covers 139 nations.[5] The top 10 are:

  1.   Singapore
  2.   Finland
  3.   Sweden
  4.   Norway
  5.   United States
  6.   Netherlands
  7.    Switzerland
  8.   United Kingdom
  9.   Luxembourg
  10.   Japan

Global Information Technology Report 2015Edit

The 2015 edition covers 143 nations.[6] The top 10 are:

  1.   Singapore
  2.   Finland
  3.   Sweden
  4.   Netherlands
  5.   Norway
  6.    Switzerland
  7.   United States
  8.   United Kingdom
  9.   Luxembourg
  10.   Japan

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The World's Most Tech-Ready Countries 2015". INSEAD Knowledge. April 15, 2015.
  2. ^ "Global Information Technology Report 2015". World Economic Forum. 15 April 2015.
  3. ^ "The World's Most Tech-Ready Countries 2015". INSEAD Knowledge. April 15, 2015.
  4. ^ "Global Information Technology Report 2015". World Economic Forum. 15 April 2015.
  5. ^ Global Information Technology Report 2016 (pdf)
  6. ^ Global Information Technology Report 2015 (pdf)

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