Inclusive Internet Index

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The Inclusive Internet Index commissioned by Facebook and conducted by The Economist Intelligence Unit, returns for its second year (2018). Expanded to cover 86 countries, up from 75 in 2017, the index provides a rigorous benchmark of national-level Internet inclusion across four categories: Availability, Affordability, Relevance and Readiness. This year’s index, which covers 91% of the world’s population, is published alongside a new global Value of the Internet Survey, which polled 4,267 respondents from 85 countries, from Singapore and Switzerland to Cambodia and Ethiopia, to gauge perceptions on how Internet use affects people’s lives. This executive summary presents the index and survey highlights.

Variables included:

  • Availability: This category examines the quality and breadth of available infrastructure required for access and levels of Internet usage.
  • Affordability: This category examines the cost of access relative to income and the level of competition in the Internet marketplace.
  • Relevance: This category examines the existence and extent of local language content and relevant content.
  • Readiness: This category examines the capacity to access the Internet, including skills, cultural acceptance, and supporting policy.