Tag archives: ICT

An emerging trend in emerging markets – the Networked Society City Index 2014

Although we can see a clear global trend towards improved ICT maturity, we found that cities with low ICT maturity tend to advance faster than cities with high ICT maturity, indicating a strong catch-up effect. Although starting at a low level, they are progressing in all ICT dimensions of the index: ICT infrastructure, ICT affordability and also improving the usage of ICT by people, business and society.

I’m proud to be changing the world

What a great opportunity to take responsibility for the future and watch it grow. So what do I say when people ask about my job? I say that I’m proud to be working in an industry that is connecting every square meter of our world. I say that I’m proud to be working in an industry that launched 3G and will lead the charge from 4G to the possibilities of 5G. I say that I’m proud to be working to make the Networked Society a reality.

Take a fresh look at your city

The interactive City Index tool provides the ability to compare your city with other cities in the same country, region or in other parts of the world. You may also play with the data proxies and see what drives a good ranking and at the same time form an opinion about where your city officials should be investing.

What can policy makers do to maximize impact from ICT?

The goal of public policy should of course be to enhance the well-being of nations and its citizens by shaping their competitiveness, the pace of social progress, and the qualitative and quantitative improvement of standards of living.

Getting policies right is a must

There is no built-in outcome into any technology, and benefits of technological progress are not necessarily always distributed fairly. Making the right policy choices will shape the pace, size, sustainability and distribution of the socio-economic progress that can be achieved in the Networked Society.

Why is Stockholm the best city in the world?

At the top of the list comparing 31 cities around the world on aspects of ICT maturity, economy, social development and environmental progress is Stockholm, capital of Sweden, followed closely by London, Singapore and Paris. These are the top-ranking cities in the Networked Society City Index a valuable asset for analyzing the correlation between triple bottom line performance and ICT maturity in cities.

The philosophy of being connected

Access to information makes us independent but also brings us closer to the people and things we depend on to share their data so that we can complete our tasks. In a connected world, a new philosophy is spreading, and it is much larger than the technology itself.

Connectivity will change city life forever

In this series of posts, I will discuss why the urban network is the single most important piece of infrastructure needed for economic growth in a city.

ICT helps city dwellers avoid foodborne illness

It is truly remarkable how many ways smartphones and the wisdom of the crowd can and do assist us in our everyday city life. The other day I learned the hard way about an app in development that tracks tweets to identify which city restaurants might be the likely source of a foodborne illness.

A fundamental shift – how technology is transforming industry

The digital revolution has often been called, the 3rd industrial revolution following those driven by steam and electricity. While these earlier shifts were about creating efficiency and improvements in how products were manufactured, the ICT revolution is about the transformation of what is being processed. It’s redefining critical business assets, creating new economic models and transforming business in the process.