Pakistan has been ranked 45th out of 52 countries in the World Internet Development Index, scoring 41.82, according to the World Internet Development Report 2023. The report was unveiled at the 2023 World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province.
The Index evaluates countries based on six distinct metrics: information technology infrastructure, digital technology and innovation capability, digital economy, digital government, cyber security, and cyberspace international management.
Pakistan’s rankings across these metrics vary, with positions as follows: 47th in information technology infrastructure, 43rd in digital technology and innovation capability, 42nd in digital economy, 45th in digital government and cyber security, and 40th in cyberspace international management.
Pakistan’s Inclusion and Global Leaders
Marking its first inclusion in the evaluation within the Internet development blue paper, Pakistan’s Internet development status was reported by China Economic Net (CEN). Meanwhile, the top five countries leading the index are the United States, China, Singapore, the Netherlands, and South Korea.
The Chinese Academy of Cyberspace Studies (CACS) compiles the report. It has been an annual endeavour since 2017, aiming to highlight the key trends, achievements, and challenges in global internet development.