Mark Thomas - New Mayor for Auckland

Digital Evolution: The Developing Challenges

Bolivia, China, Kenya, Malaysia and Russia have the largest digital evolution rates say Tufts University in their latest Digital Evolution Index.

Almost all these developing countries are currently below average with their overall Index score, but their growth rates , if maintained, together with softer growth in the leaders may see big changes.

Singapore and New Zealand are the ‘Stand Out’ quadrant leaders, but slower recent growth threatens this.

Larger economies are at greater risk. The US is right on the edge of ‘Stall Out’ and Germany is heading in that direction.

Although the UK retains the leadership position for large economies, Brexit clearly threatens that.

The Index identifies four key dimensions underpinning digital evolution progress, as outlined below: Infrastructure quality, consumer uptake, the business, government and legal environments, and innovation capacity.

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