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Sweden and Singapore continue to top the rankings of The Global Information Technology Report 2010-2011, Transformations 2.0, released by the World Economic Forum, confirming the leadership of the Nordic countries and the Asian Tiger economies in adopting and implementing ICT advances for increased growth and development. Finland jumps to third place, while Switzerland and the United States are steady in fourth and fifth place respectively. The 10th anniversary edition of the report focuses on ICT’s power to transform society in the next decade through modernization and innovation.

The Nordic countries lead the way in leveraging ICT. With Denmark in 7th and Norway in 9th place, all are in the top 10, except for Iceland, which is ranked in 16th position. Led by Singapore in second place, the other Asian Tiger economies continue to make progress in the ranking, with both Taiwan, China and Korea improving five places to 6th and 10th respectively, and Hong Kong SAR following closely at 12th.

With a record coverage of 138 economies worldwide, the report remains the world’s most comprehensive and authoritative international assessment of the impact of ICT on the development process and the competitiveness of nations. The Networked Readiness Index (NRI) featured in the report examines how prepared countries are to use ICT effectively on three dimensions: the general business, regulatory and infrastructure environment for ICT; the readiness of the three key societal actors  individuals, businesses and governments  to use and benefit from ICT; and their actual usage of available ICT.

Under the theme Transformations 2.0, this 10th anniversary edition explores the coming transformations powered by ICT, with a focus on the impact they will have on individuals, businesses and governments over the next few years.  

Alan Marcus, Senior Director of the Information Technology and Telecommunications Industries at the World Economic Forum introduces this year's GITR highlights their new approach to analyzing IT readiness. Marcus also reveals a new data sharing platform, launched on the occasion of the report's 10th anniversary, which provides users with a set of tools to explore the impact of information of and data technology on a range of socio-economic areas.

0:01 - This year's rankings of IT readiness

0:32 - The evolution of assessing IT readiness

1:20 - How will this new data sharing platform change the way people look at IT impact data?

2:12 - To whom is this data sharing platform most relevant?

3:07 - Why is this new approach to data sharing needed now more than ever?   



Soumitra Dutta, Co-Editor of the 2011 Global Information Technology Report and Roland Berger Chaired Professor of Business and Technology at INSEAD, reflects on the report's evolution over the last 10 years and explains the framework used to assess a nation's ranking.

0:02 - How has the GITR evolved over the last 10 years?
0:51 - Over the last 10 years, what trends have you seen in terms of country rankings?
2:07 - How is a country's ranking determined?


Lucilla Sioli, Head of Unit "Economic & Statistical Analysis" at the European Commission's Directorate General INFSO talks about  the developments in the European Union Broadband market and the main challenges faced with the migration from current internet access to high speed broadband access technologies.

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