Sir Tim Berners-Lee launches web index, Sweden comes out on top

The UK takes third position in the global web index
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Compiled by Sir Tim Berners-Lee’s World Wide Web Foundation, the new global index evaluates the state of the web in 61 countries.

The index ranks both the social and political impact of the web. Sweden has come top in the global study, with the US in second place and the UK in third.

The top ten is as follows:

1. Sweden
2. United States
3. United Kingdom
4. Canada
5. Finland
6. Switzerland
7. New Zealand
8. Australia
9. Norway
10. Ireland

Although it didn’t make the top ten, the data revealed that Iceland has the greatest web usage, with 95 per cent of its population online. In stark contrast to this, Yemen came bottom of the index as it lacks in institutional infrastructure.

"By shining a light on the barriers to web for everyone, the index is a powerful tool that will empower individuals, government and organisations to improve their societies," said Sir Tim Berners-Lee.

Funded partly by a $1 million grant from Google, the study will be repeated annually, with more countries expected to be involved as it grows.

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