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­.s. Lagging in ­sing Technology, Study Shows

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The World Economic Forum's latest annual study on national computing and communications technology use found that the United States ranked fifth out of 138 countries for the second consecutive year, trailing Sweden, Singapore, Finland, and Switzerland. The rankings are based on an index of 71 social and economic indicators, such as new patents, mobile phone subscriptions, and the availability of venture capital.

"What we are trying to address is what is the capability and what is the level of success of a nation to benefit from the network economy?" says the World Economic Forum's Soumitra Dutta.

Besides Singapore, other high-ranking countries in Asia included Taiwan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, China, and India, which ranked sixth, 10th, 12th, 36th, and 48th, respectively. Meanwhile, Brazil ranked 56th and Russia ranked 77th. Other high-ranking western nations included Canada, Norway, German, Britain, and France, which ranked eighth, ninth, 13th, 15th, and 20th, respectively.

The report also found that the United States ranked 52nd in math and science education, 24th in percentage of households with a personal computer, 76th in the rate of cell phone subscriptions, and 48th in low-cost access to business phone lines.

From The New York Times
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