World Economic Forum Report

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Jackson Boleky

The world network report

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The world economic forum report explicitly states the results of the Network Readiness Index and the Global Information Technology Report, and makes a special note of the changes in ranking between the last year and 2012.  It’s a report on a study with 57 variables for ranking countries in ICT, half of these come from expert repots and the other half comes from an assessment by other international organizations. It ranks a large 144 countries and groups their assessments in several pillars, which are; “The friendliness of a country’s market and regulatory framework, in supporting high levels of ICT uptake the degree of a society’s preparation to make good use of an affordable ICT infrastructure, The efforts of the main social agents—that is, individuals, business, and government—to increase their capacity to use ICTs as well as their actual use of ICTs in day-to-day activities and the broad economic and social impacts accruing from ICTs and the transformation of a country. Toward an ICT- and technology-savvy economy and society as in previous editions, the NRI is composed of twenty-seven executive summaries and twenty-seven data sets from international organizations.   It makes several interesting conclusions and creates a picture of where countries stand in relation to one another. However, it also has some major questions that need to be answered.

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Mainly, how did the writers obtain the measurements out of those countries; some of which are currently in conflict or without real governments? Also, why did they leave out Belize and other countries and not include Afghanistan and Mali? Additionally, what expert opinions were collected and how did they set such qualitative data against the intrinsic quantitative data? Finally, there are many negatives using a ranking system instead of presenting in terms of more basic data. How does one really measure Botswana against Finland?  All of these questions require a much better answer but the data is helpful for gauging countries in one’s mind. Despite these issues, this was overall an interesting study.

 

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