The on-going digital divide often features in the media alongside discussion of the economic implications it can have on emerging markets. So which developing nations are failing to close the ICT competitiveness gap? The 2013 Global Information Technology Report (GITR ) addresses this question, as well as including its Current Networked Readiness Index, and individual country/economy profiles.
The GITR series has been published by the World Economic Forum in partnership with INSEAD since 2002. The Report has accompanied and monitored ICT advances over the last decade as well as raising awareness of the importance of ICT diffusion and usage for long-term competitiveness and societal well-being. Through the lens of the Networked Readiness Index (NRI), the driving factors and impacts of networked readiness and ICT leveraging have been identified, highlighting the joint responsibility of all social actors’”individuals, businesses, and governments.
The Global Information Technology Report 2013 features the latest results of the NRI, offering an overview of the current state of ICT readiness in the world. This year’ s coverage includes a record number of 144 economies, accounting for over 98 percent of global GDP. A number of essays on the role of ICTs to promote growth and jobs in an increasingly hyperconnected world, as well as policy case studies on developing ICTs, are featured in the Report, together with a comprehensive data section’”including detailed profiles for each economy covered and data tables with global rankings for the NRI’ s 54 indicators.