> Global Research: 65 Countries’ Digital Quality of Life
> ... https://surfshark.com/dql-report.pdf ...
> Highest DIGITAL QUALITY OF LIFE
> 1. Australia
> We indexed Digital Quality of Life (DQL) based on the internet speed
& affordability (broadband and mobile), the presence of personal data
protection laws, the state of e-government, the variety & availability
of e-entertainment, and the advancement of
Starting with an obvious issue, the criterion of "the presence of
personal data protection laws" is laughable.
Firstly, it's a completely inadequate proxy for the real need, which is
for comprehensive data protection laws, effective enforcement
mechanisms, enforcement resources and actual enforcement.
Secondly, Australia has what are arguably the world's weakest data
protection laws, 3 of 8 subsidiary jurisdictions that have either no
laws or no laws of consequence, the world's weakest enforcement
mechanisms, and the world's weakest data protection commissioners, both
in terms of the powers at their disposal and their exercise of such
powers as they have.
Assessing "internet speed & affordability" is a complex matter, but a
great many people, consumers and policy-watchers alike, would be
flabbergasted by what appears to be a remarkably high score.
The "advancement of cybersecurity" is also hilariously off the beam,
given the ongoing failure of almost all government agencies to comply
with the requirements of cybersecurity agencies, the abject failure of
data protection commissioners to define baseline security requirements,
the ongoing flood of data breaches, and the abject failure of data
protection commissioners to take firm action against *any* organisations
within their field of view.
And then there's the small matter of such things as "the variety &
availability of e-entertainment", and the vulnerability of consumer
devices, being largely international rather than national phenomena.
The quality of the PDF is pretty good. But the quality of the design
and the results is ridiculously low.
The company gives its address as Tortola, BVI. I had a client there
quite some years ago. It's a funny little corner of the world, and a
tax haven, sorry, 'a low-documentation jurisdiction' (their own term).
On 14/8/19 1:36 am, Stephen Loosley wrote:
Global Research: 65 Countries’ Digital Quality of Life
Digital experience varies wildly around the world. That’s why, together with an
expert panel, Surfshark analyzed and ranked 65 countries which represent over
70% of global population, or around 5.5 billion people.
Highest DIGITAL QUALITY OF LIFE
8. South Korea
We indexed Digital Quality of Life (DQL) based on the internet speed &
affordability (broadband and mobile), the presence of personal data protection laws,
the state of e-government, the variety & availability of e-entertainment, and the
advancement of cybersecurity.
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