An update today from Fletcher’s Digital Planet research project, whose work I’ve touched upon before in this space. The project just released its Digital Intelligence Index, a survey of 90 countries measuring the robustness of digital economies. The past year of pandemic conditions has laid bare how much can be accomplished digitally, at least in some form: working, schooling, commerce, and even lawmaking and conducting elections. It’s also underscored the limitations, disparities, and inequalities of digital life, though, which go beyond simple online access. The quality of that access, capacity for technological innovation, and data security in both the public and private spheres all factor into a country’s overall “digital evolution.” Countries scoring high on the Index include Germany, South Korea, Taiwan, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States. These nations demonstrated strong technological growth and the ability to weather economic disruptions of the pandemic.
You can read the full report and learn more about the ongoing work of Digital Planet here.