The Web Index looks at three different parameters viz. web readiness; web use and the quantity of web content available; and web impact. The official website describes this index as “the world’s first multi-dimensional measure of the Web’s growth, utility and impact on people and nations.”
The annual index will be looking at 61 countries for starters and will adopt questionnaires based research methodology as the primary means of study with ITU and the CIA Factbook as secondary sources.
Sweden was placed at the ace position in the recently published report and the main reason behind this is that it scored quite high in ‘impact of the web’, parameter even though it didn’t do that well in ‘high quantity of content’ aspect. In contrast, US did better in terms of web content but, didn’t manage to score well when it came to social, economic and political impact, and in infrastructure.
“We hope that the Index will help deepen and broaden our understanding of the impact of this most powerful tool on humanity,” the Web Index 2012 report [PDF] read.
Sir Tim Berners-Lee is of the opinion that through the use of the index, governments and organizations can improve the society. “By shining a light on the barriers to the web for everyone, the Index is a powerful tool that will empower individuals, government and organizations to improve their societies,” Berners-Lee told the BBC.