For example, a high percentage of Internet connectivity and robust bandwidth implies an overall strong physical infrastructure. A low level of perceived corruption reflects strong institutions. And there is likely a strong correlation between lower levels of income disparity and higher levels of education.
But it's time we expanded our research to see how strong these correlations are, and to be able to examine in finer detail what's going on with ICT development and dynamics.
Our initial research is based on publicly available information. I think of it as an "open source" methodology for techno-socioeconomic research. Our unique, exponential algorithms and focus on establishing relative rankings ensure that this core data is turned into valuable information that you won't find elsewhere.
To refine our work, we'll need to dig for information that is not so readily available. Five key areas that we're now examining include:
* the strength of electrical grids
* transportation infrastructure such as roads and ports
* overall state of educational systems, including the promotion of STEM
* government backing of technology policy and initiatives
* health statistics and healthcare systems
We encourage anyone who can be a source of such information for their country to contact us.