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Web Foundation Launches the Web Index

Web Foundation · September 5, 2012


The World Wide Web Foundation today launched the Web Index – a new country-by-country global study that measures the impact of the Web on the world’s people and nations.

Web inventor and Web Foundation founder Sir Tim Berners-Lee hosted an event in London to mark the launch of the Index. He was joined in conversation by two of the world’s leading Web experts: Wael Ghonim, internet activist and Head of Marketing of Google Middle East & North Africa, and Juliana Rotich, co-founder and Executive Director of Ushahidi, the Kenyan crowd-mapping platform.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee with H.E. Nicola Clase, Sweden's Ambassador to the UK

Their discussion was moderated by Stephen Fry, one of the UK’s most influential Tweeters and an advocate of internet freedom.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee said: ”The Web Index was created to measure the state of the Web in the world. Each country will see not only where they rank compared to others, but also what the World Wide Web Foundation thinks they need to do to improve.”

The highest ranking country in the Web Index is Sweden. The US ranks second, and the UK third. Yemen is the lowest ranking country in the Index, preceded by Zimbabwe. The complete dataset of the Web Index is published here.

News stories about the Index can be accessed here.

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  1. Roberto Abril

    September 7, 2012

    Thank for keeping us informed about the activities and scope of the Foundation.


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    1. JL

      September 10, 2012

      Why is Peru not on the index? Neighboring Ecuador made the list, and it is less developed than Peru (albeit they do use the U.S. dollar there... favoritism by the creators of this site?) I used the internet all the time when I visited Peru.


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