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Report: Digital Divide Remains Challenging for Countries to Bridge

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Countries need to invest in an infrastructure and innovation to get the benefit of information and communications technologies. But a digital divide remains between those who do and do not have the right ecosystems in place–including sector-scale plans for digitization of various industries, capabilities to support those plans (including an understanding of social impact), and ways to monitor what actually gets done. That’s one of the take homes from the Global Information Technology Report 2013, launched today by the World Economic Forum. The report analyzed 54 performance indicators in 144 countries.

To improve the odds of successful over time, investment in information and communications technologies needs to be consistent, regardless of government structure or shifts. “The more you invest…the more you are going to be able to build success on top of success,” said Bruno Lanvin of INSEAD at the press conference. Most developing countries are still failing to create the conditions necessary to close the gap in competitiveness. Finland, Singapore and Sweden lead the index; the U.S. was ranked ninth. The interactive map below will let you explore which countries are in the best position for digital success, and which are lagging.

Mariette DiChristina About the Author: Editor in Chief, Mariette DiChristina, oversees Scientific American,, Scientific American MIND and all newsstand special editions. Follow on Twitter @mdichristina.

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  1. 1. jtdwyer 12:49 pm 04/11/2013

    FYI – The U.S. population is ~317 million, the total for the other countries ranked in the top 10 “Networked Readiness Index” was ~141 million people. The total U.S. land area is 9.1 million square km; its population density is 35 people/sq. km. The total for the other countries in the top 10 is 1.4 million sq. km, with an average population density of 100 people/sq. km.

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  2. 2. jamemajordan 1:31 pm 04/11/2013

    just as Amy implied I am surprised that a mother able to earn $9068 in 1 month on the computer. did you see this web site and go to home tab for more detail—>>>

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