India has scored higher than neighbouring China and Pakistan in terms of Internet freedom and openness, says a study by World Wide Web Foundation.
India's web index score at 32.4 is ahead of China (31.1) and Pakistan (10.4), shows the 2013 study by World Wide Web Foundation. The organisation was established in 2009 by Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee.
The Web Index is a composite measure that summarises in a single (average) number the health and social utility of the Web in various countries. The index score captures universal access, freedom and openness, relevant content and empowerment in the context of Internet.
In overall ranking, Sweden (with a web index score of 100) led the second edition of the WWWF's Web Index. India secured 56th rank, ahead of China (57th) and Pakistan (77th).
Norway and United Kingdom followed Sweden in the list, while Ethiopia and Yemen scored the lowest amongst the 81 countries studied.
First released in 2012, the 2013 WWWF Index has been expanded and refined to include 20 new countries and features a data set, particularly in the areas of gender, Open Data, privacy rights and censorship.
Other countries in the top 10 included the US, New Zealand, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, France and Republic of Korea.
China boasts of the largest Internet userbase in the world with a little over 300 million users, while the US and India have 207 million and 200 million users, respectively, according to an industry report.
India scored 28.6 for access, 22.6 for relevant content, 49.5 for freedom and openness and 31.2 for impact and empowerment.
China, on the other hand, scored 45.5 for access, 46.8 for relevant content, 5.3 for freedom and openness and 31.2 for impact and empowerment.
Pakistan's scores for access stood at 21.3, 12.4 (relevant content), 9.8 (freedom and openness) and 14.3
(impact and empowerment).