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Top 10 countries in internet development

By Zhu Lingqing | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2018-11-10 06:45

The major economies in North America, Europe and Asia have the highest average level of internet development, while developing countries and regions in Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa are increasing efforts to develop internet, according to a blue book, the Beijing News reported.

The blue book, named World Internet Development Report 2018, was released along with China Internet Development Report 2018 at the 5th World Internet Conference (WIC) on Thursday.

It shows the world is in the historical convergence period in which a new round of technological revolution and industrial revolution are breaking out, and information technologies, which are represented by the internet, have deeply integrated with the production and living of people and become the leading force leading innovation and driving transformation as well as accelerating the reconstruction of the new global economic landscape.

Since they were released for the first time at the 4th WIC last year, the annual blue books, compiled by research institutions, universities and information centers led by the Chinese Academy of Cyberspace also have launched a world internet development index system and a China internet development index system.

The world internet development index system has been further improved and optimized this year by expanding the scope of evaluation countries from 38 to 45, which cover the major economies of the five continents and countries that are typical in internet development.

The system has six indicators: infrastructure, innovation capacity, industrial development, internet application, network security and internet governance.

Second only to the United States, China, with its new achievements such as the continuingly upgrading information infrastructure, advanced network information technology and strong digital economy, is the world's leading country in internet development by scoring 53.23 on the index system.

Let's take a look at the world's top 10 countries with highest internet development level.

No 10 Japan

Score: 48.75

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