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Digital Quality of Life Index 2020: SurfShark

  • IASbaba
  • August 20, 2020
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Digital Quality of Life Index 2020: SurfShark

Part of: GS-Prelims and GS-II – E-Governance & GS-III- Infrastructure; IT & Computers 

In News:

  • Recently, the Digital Quality of Life (DQL) Index 2020 has been released by SurfShark, an online privacy solutions provider.

Key takeaways 

  • According to it, India ranks among the lowest in the world in terms of Internet quality.
  • Coverage: 85 countries were covered (81% of the global population).
  • Parameters: 
    • Internet affordability 
    • Internet quality
    • Electronic infrastructure
    • Electronic security 
    • Electronic government
  • Top rank: Denmark 
  • Indian Rankings: India stands at the overall rank of 57 out of the 85 countries.
    • Internet Affordability: 9th place. It outperforms countries like the UK, the USA and China.
    • Internet Quality: 78th place 
    • E-infrastructure: 79th place 
    • Electronic Security: 57th position.
    • E-government: 15th place 

Important value additions 

Government Initiatives Related to Internet

  • Digital India Programme: An umbrella program to prepare India for a knowledge-based transformation.
  • E-Kranti: National e-Governance Plan 2.0 – an essential pillar of the Digital India initiative.
  • Digilockers: certain official documents on the cloud can be stored.
  • BHIM App: To enable digital payments.
  • Pradhan Mantri Gramin Digital Saksharta Abhiyan: To make citizens digitally literate.
  • Bharat Net programme: To provide an optical fibre network in all gram panchayats.

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