The Network Readiness Index (NRI) at a Glance

Technology has progressed at a very fast pace over the last few decades and it today permeates all aspects of business and society. Information technology adoption has not only become ubiquitous through the rapid penetration of the mobile phone and the Internet, but it has become an integral part of the lives of billions of people. Progress in core technologies continues at a fast pace and technology disruptions are opening new opportunities for countries and firms to innovate and become more competitive. Technology has also improved the lives of billions through the provision of new services in education, health, finance, commerce, and other key domains.

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2019 Highlights

A Renewed NRI
2019 marks the launch of a redesigned NRI, recognizing that a collective prosperous future can only be achieved by integrating people and technology with the right governance structures.
With New Pillars
The redesigned NRI rests on four fundamental dimensions: Technology, People, Governance and Impact. Nations are ranked based on their performances across 62 variables.
Covering over 120 Nations
The Network Readiness Index 2019 ranks a total of 121 economies. The top performer in this year’s index is Sweden, which is just ahead of Singapore in 2nd place and the Netherlands in 3rd.
Shows Leadership Stickiness
Countries that stay on the top are those investing in a supportive ecosystem for digital leadership that is put in place across all key stakeholders.
Serves as a Tool for the SDGs
Investment in technological innovation and stakeholder’s capacity is a powerful tool to reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Countries

The three countries most likely to reap the benefits of the digital future are Sweden, Singapore, and the Netherlands, according to the 2019 Network Readiness Index (NRI) report. Ranking the network readiness of 121 economies, the study also reveals that the United States and other Northern and Western European countries are among the world’s most future-ready societies because of their success in combining technological opportunities and human wellbeing. Check here individual country performances this year.  

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Our Story

Initially launched in 2002 by the World Economic Forum, the NRI has been redesigned in 2019 by its founders and co-editors, Soumitra Dutta and Bruno Lanvin, to reflect how technology and people need to be integrated within an effective governance structure in order to have the right impact on our economy, society and the environment.

The redesigned 2019 NRI ranks a total of 121 economies based on their performance across 62 variables. Recognizing the pervasiveness of digital technologies in today’s networked world, the Index is grounded in four fundamental dimensions: Technology, People, Governance and Impact. This holistic approach means that the NRI covers issues ranging from future technologies such as artificial intelligence and Internet of Things (IoT) to the role of the digital economy in reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Earlier this year, the WEF handed over the production of the NRI to Soumitra Dutta and Bruno Lanvin. This provided an opportune moment to revisit the NRI framework and make it future-ready. Over the last decade, ICT has become more integrated with our lives than we could have ever anticipated, raising important issues of trust, governance, and impact. The NRI 2019 is a publication of the Portulans Institute (PI), in partnership with the World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA).

Our Past Reports

The Network Readiness Index, first launched in 2002 by the World Economic Forum has been redesigned by its co-editors, Soumitra Dutta and Bruno Lanvin, to reflect how technology and people need to be integrated within an effective governance structure in order to have the right impact on our economy, society and the environment. Previous versions include:

Global Information Technology Report 2016
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Global Information Technology Report 2015
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Networked Readiness Index Rankings 2014
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Networked Readiness Index Rankings 2013
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Networked Readiness Index Rankings 2011-2012
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Networked Readiness Index Rankings 2009-2010 (PDF)
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Networked Readiness Index Rankings 2008-2009
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Networked Readiness Index Rankings 2007-2008
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Networked Readiness Index Rankings 2006-2007
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Our Knowledge Partners
There are several benefits to becoming a Knowledge Partner, including the following:
  • A seat on the NRI Steering Board.
  • Recommend one NRI Fellow.
  • Have the KP brand acknowledged in the NRI Report during the time covered by the agreement.
  • Have the KP brand acknowledged at all NRI related events during the time covered by of the agreement.
  • Participate in NRI launch events.
  • Receive customized NRI briefings.
Knowledge Partners (KPs)
Knowledge Partners (KPs) are a select group of public or private institutions that are passionate about the overall goal of using technology for the good of all. KPs are actively engaged with the use of technology to enhance competitiveness, to further development and to support an inclusive and sustainable growth agenda. KPs commit to engaging with Portulans Institute to support the development of the NRI across the entire cycle - from its conceptual framework to its execution and launch. Read more about the "benefits of becoming a KP" and contact us if you want to become a Knowledge Partner!
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