The UK has ranked 3rd in the 2013 Web Index, a report funded by the World Wide Web Foundation which ranks 81 countries in terms of Internet access, affordability, institutional and policy environment, and 77 other indicators.
The UK ranked highly despite being downgraded for having “inadequate safeguards and due process against government digital surveillance”. Norway and Sweden ranked the highest, while the USA closely followed the UK in 4th place, down two places since 2012.
Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web and founder of the WWWF, said:
One of the most encouraging findings of this year’s Web Index is how the Web and social media are increasingly spurring people to organise, take action and try to expose wrongdoing in every region of the world. But some governments are threatened by this, and a growing tide of surveillance and censorship now threatens the future of democracy. Bold steps are needed now to protect our fundamental rights to privacy and freedom of opinion and association online.
For more information, see: UK Retain 3rd Place in 2013 World Index of Internet Growth and Impact - ISPreview.