Berners-Lee web index rates Sweden first, UK third

Posted on September 9, 2012


A new global web index, created by father of the world wide web Tim Berners-Lee, has ranked the state of the internet in more than sixty countries, with Sweden sitting at the top of the list.

The top three was completed by the US in second spot, followed by the UK.

The World Wide Web Foundation index, which evaluated the political and social impact of the web in 61 countries, also found that just a third of people across the world use the web. Further more, the number of people in Africa using the web was just one sixth of the population.

The index has been completed following five years of study, where nations were assessed according to seven different categories.

As well as measuring the social and political impact of the web in each country, the index also assessed communications and institutional infrastructure. Under these headings, it regarded both high broadband prices and censorship as damaging accessibility.

Also rated were web use and economic impact. Web content was also analysed, in much the same way as the leading search engines do. It assessed the relevancy and usefulness of available content – something that those working in SEO will know the importance of only too well.

Berners-Lee was clear about the important of the entire index, saying:

“By shining a light on the barriers to web for everyone, the index is a powerful tool that will empower individuals, government and organisations to improve their societies.”

Though Sweden, the USA and the UK performed well across the board, the country with the greatest web use, with a 95% uptake, was Iceland.

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