Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, has a new pet project that he hopes will shape the Internet of the future. His project, the “Web Index” measures and ranks over 60 countries on three broad states. These include: web readiness, such as infrastructure; web use, the quantity of web content available; and web impact, including social-media interactions and business use. As Web Index explains,
Designed and produced by the World Wide Web Foundation, the Web Index is the world’s first multi-dimensional measure of the Web’s growth, utility and impact on people and nations. It covers 61 developed and developing countries, incorporating indicators that assess the political, economic and social impact of the Web, as well as indicators of Web connectivity and infrastructure.
For 2012, the Web Index puts Sweden at the top, above the United States and the United Kingdom. Sweden scored high on “impact” while the United States scored on high on web content. The UK was rated high for having faster than average broadband speeds.
The 2012 rankings for the top five are: