The United States is leading the world when it comes to affordable and accessible technology, that makes life easier for its people and improves its economy.
The 2022 Network Readiness Index (NRI) Report report has seen the US knock the Netherlands off the top spot, with Singapore and Sweden coming in second and third place.
First launched with the World Economic Forum in 2002, and redesigned in 2019, the NRI is an in-depth analyses of 131 countries’ performance across four dimensions of digital readiness - technology, people, governance, and impact - using 58 different indicators.
This year’s report, titled ‘Stepping into the new digital era: how and why digital natives will shape the world’, is published by the Portulans Institute and Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford. Highlights from the report include:
- The United Kingdom falls from the top 10 group for the first time since 2019, down to 12th, due in part to lower output in regulation and privacy protection
- Ukraine, 50th, comes out top among its middle to low-income peers due to especially high adoption of technology and strong investment, improving the connectivity of its citizens
- China - which entered the top 25 for the first time this year - and India are among the biggest movers, rising to 23rd and 61st, respectively, and showing a high concentration of AI talent and strong investment in technology
- Like China, Malaysia (36th) is closing in on the top performers with clear technology legislation and exports, plus robust cybersecurity
- Rwanda (101st) leads the low-income country category thanks to marked improvements in regulation and a legal framework for emerging technology.