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World Wide Web Foundation's Web Index 2014 released

Dec 11, 2014 17:14 IST

The Web Index 2014 was released on 10 December 2014 was World Wide Web Foundation to measure the internet's contribution to social, economic and political progress in the world.

Highlights of the Web Index 2014
• Web users are at increasing risk of indiscriminate government surveillance. Laws preventing mass surveillance are weak in over 84 percent of countries.
• Online censorship is increasing as moderate or extensive Web censorship is now seen in 38 percent of countries.
• Online organising leads to offline change as Web and social media are making a major contribution to sparking citizen action in three in five countries. Meanwhile, women in 60 percent of countries are using the Web to exercise their rights to a moderate or extensive degree.
• Internet use has increased from around 45 percent to 78 percent in high-income countries since 2005, in low-income countries it has remained below 10 percent year after year.
• Online Gender Based Violence is not tackled effectively. In 74 percent of Web Index countries, law enforcement agencies and courts are failing to take appropriate actions.
• Almost 60 percent of the world‘s people are not online, while half of all Web users live in countries that severely restrict rights online.
• An estimated 4.4 billion people mostly poor, female, rural and living in developing countries have no access to the Internet at all.
• At least 1.8 billion face severe violations of their rights to privacy and freedom of expression when they go online.
• The higher a country’s per capita income, the higher its Web Index ranking.
• Digital divides also exist within countries. The skills and education needed to fully benefit from technology are very unevenly distributed.
• Powerful state economic elites are gaining more control over what ordinary people can do and say online.
• Almost 40 percent of countries blocked politically or socially sensitive Web content to a moderate or extreme degree.
• One in five female Internet users live in countries where harassment and abuse of women online is extremely unlikely to be punished.

Top 10 Web Index 2014-15 Rankings

Rank

Country

Score

1

Denmark

100

2

Finland

98.81

3

Norway

97.32

4

United Kingdom Of Great Britain And Northern Ireland

95.67

5

Sweden

94.97

6

United States of America

94.52

7

Iceland

93.72

8

Korea

92.81

9

Netherlands

91.84

10

Belgium

89.61


India's Ranking in the Web Index 2014
India ranks at the 48th Rank with 44.6 score in the index. It ranks behind China and other BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) nations.

India’s Internet penetration rate is comparable to Nepal or Namibia. Despite promises of a digital revolution, the Web in India is still inaccessible to a large population.

Affordability is India’s biggest concern as the cost of broadband access in the country is greater than in countries in the neighbourhood such as Bangladesh.

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