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Bulgaria, Hong Kong Among Diverse ICT Leaders

Countries Exhibiting Raw Potential Run Gamut Among Levels of Development

Yesterday, I listed the countries which performed best overall in our latest research at the Tau Institute.

Our mission at the Tau Institute is to produce a sophisticated ranking that takes into account relative progress of the nations of the world when it comes to ICT. We integrate several publicly available factors into our own algorithm. There is thus transparency in the data we input combined with a specialized weighting system that we believe reveals new insight into the statistics.

We've integrated the following factors into a single, weighted formula:

* Per capita income (from the World Bank)
* Local cost of living (ditto)
* Gini coefficient (income disparity as measured by the United Nations and CIA)
* Perception of corruption (from Transparency International)
* Human development (according to the United Nations)
* Data servers per capita (adjusted for local income, as measured by the World Bank)
* Average bandwidth speed (from Ookla, Inc.)
* % of population with access to the Internet (from the International Telecommunications Union)
* % population with broadband connections (ditto)



In the end, we've created a "pound-for-pound" analysis that reveals the countries that are doing the most with what they have. Our method goes far beyond the normal rankings one sees that simply show wealthy countries on top, developing nations on the bottom.

We can view the datas in several ways. The "raw" ranking hits a middle ground of opportunity and development. Countries that have lagged regardless of income level (such as Norway and Libya) do not fare as well in this index as countries that have shown good relative ICT commitments (such as Jordan), even if they're still impoverished (such as Ethiopia).

As a reality check and benchmark, we've created a "Perfect Land" which has optimal statistics in all categories. The idea is that no country should beat Perfect Land in the overall index, although many countries will beat it in the raw index, which is weighted toward potential.

Here are the leaders in the raw ranking:

Tier 1 (>$30K in per capita income)
Hong Kong
Belgium
Netherlands
United Kingdom
Germany
Sweden
New Zealand
Spain
Finland
Israel

Tier 2 ($13K-$29K)
Lithuania
Hungary
South Korea
Estonia
Taiwan
Poland
Slovakia
Croatia
Czech Republic
Russia

Tier 3 ($6K-$13K)
Bulgaria
Romania
Serbia
Montenegro
Latvia
Kazakhstan
Libya
Malaysia
Turkey
Colombia

Tier 4 ($2K-$6K)
Ukraine
Morocco
Mongolia
Egypt
China
Philippines
Tunisia
Armenia
Jordan
Bolivia

Tier 5 (<$2K)
Vietnam
Kenya
Tanzania
Ethiopia
Nigeria
Senegal
Ghana
Pakistan
India
Laos

Each of these countries has a story to tell, as do all countries covered in our research. We are currently engaging with local resources in some of the places that emerge as leaders.

We are also very interested in making new connections within any country - the Tau Index serves merely to start conversations about ICT and its role in increasing economic development and improving the lives of people.

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Roger Strukhoff (@IoT2040) is Executive Director of the Tau Institute for Global ICT Research, with offices in Illinois and Manila. He is Conference Chair of @CloudExpo & @ThingsExpo, and Editor of SYS-CON Media's CloudComputing BigData & IoT Journals. He holds a BA from Knox College & conducted MBA studies at CSU-East Bay.

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