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World Economic Forum, 25 March 2010.
The Global Information Technology Report 2009-10 is the ninth of a series published by the World Economic Forum (the Forum) and INSEAD. The report highlights the key role of ICT as an enabler of a more economically, environmentally and socially sustainable world
The Report is composed of four thematic parts.
Part 1 features the findings of the Networked Readiness Index (NRI) for 2009–10, together with selected essays examining different topics related to ICT and sustainability in its economic, environmental, and social dimensions.
Part 2 provides insight into best practices and policies in networked readiness and competitiveness, focusing on specific country case studies. The countries selected this year are Spain, Ireland,Tunisia, and China, which all have adopted interesting examples of successful ICT strategies to foster national economic growth and development.
Part 3 features detailed profiles for the 133 economies covered in this year’s Report, offering a detailed assessment of each economy’s current networked readiness landscape and allowing for i ernational and historical comparisons on specific variables or components of the NRI.
Part 4 includes data tables for each of the 68 variables composing the NRI this year, with rankings for the economies covered, as well as technical notes and sources that provide comprehensive information on hard data variables.
Australia is fairly stable at 16th, with its best showing in the market environment pillar (14th), thanks to intense competition and ICT-friendly regulations, among other indicators. The performance is more mixed when it comes to individual (31st) and business (21st) readiness, notably due to high telephony costs (76th and 82nd for mobile cellular and fixed telephone tariffs respectively). On the other hand, business (30th) and, to a lesser extent, individual (20th) usage could be improved. This contrasts with the good results obtained in the government usage pillar (5th).
The report highlights are available in pdf format (86kb). (This document requires the use of Adobe Acrobat Reader). .
Last updated: 5 August 2010
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