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Networked Society City Index 2013


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The fourth edition ranks Stockholm, London and Singapore as top three cities and shows ICT can be an effective way of supporting sustainable development.

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  • 1. Sustainable urban development Networked Society City index The Networked Society City Index analyzes ICT-driven benefit creation in 31 of the world’s largest cities. Irrespective of a city’s stage of development their ICT maturity correlates closely to their triple bottom line performance. Social Los Angeles New York Beijing Buenos Aires Istanbul Johannesburg Mexico City CHANGE LEADERs Cairo Dhaka Delhi Mumbai Karachi Cities with mature economies need to take action to remain competitive and stay connected with future generations of technology. Mostly good performers in terms of triple bottom line BUT some cities underperforming with low GDP per capita, high infant mortality, low education attainment ICT infrastructure lagging behind Cities in transition towards a networked and developed society need to ensure continued, positive development through improved ICT maturity. Developing economy (generally) Lower usage of ICT technology Lower usage of ICT solutions Low environmental impact because of low energy consumption (will change as city matures) ACTION The transformative effect of ICT needs to be understood and incorporated into policy and regulatory frameworks. Combined policy initiatives to improve socio-economic standards and enhanced ICT maturity could help these cities deal with the challenges that today’s mature and highly developed economies face. PROFILE Shanghai Tokyo Highly-developed cities Mature economies Strong performers but • Some can still boost ICT maturity • Some can improve TBL Cities in transition ACTION Singapore London ICT Maturity The triple bottom line PROFILE PROFILE Stockholm Hong Kong ACTION Copenhagen Usage Infrastructure Economics Read the full Networked Society City Index report: High performers Affordability Enviromental Cities need to invest in their citizens’ ability to adopt new technology, and implement policy initiatives and development programs to improve inclusion and increase literacy rates. In the early stages of ICT maturity cities can improve performance by focusing on socio-economic development and increasing citizen’s ability to use new technology.