FH Freedom on the Net FreePartly FreeNot Free Freedom on the Net is a Freedom House project consisting of cutting-edge analysis, fact-based advocacy, and on-the-ground capacity building. The hallmark of our analysis is the annual Freedom on the Net report. The key trends and emerging threats highlighted in reports are then used in national and international advocacy campaigns by Freedom House. The project builds the capacity of its network of researchers—in-country bloggers, academics, journalists, and tech experts chosen for their promise and expertise—by providing the analytical tools to serve as the future generation of internet freedom defenders around the world. “Freedom on the Net is an indispensable resource for anyone who cares about freedom in the digital age. As we increasingly rely on the internet, it is important that the rights we enjoy offline are also protected online. Technology is a tool like any other; it can be used by both evaders and enforcers of government censorship and surveillance.
FH Freedom of the Press by Jennifer Dunham Global press freedom declined to its lowest point in 12 years in 2015, as political, criminal, and terrorist forces sought to co-opt or silence the media in their broader struggle for power. The share of the world’s population that enjoys a Free press stood at just 13 percent, meaning fewer than one in seven people live in countries where coverage of political news is robust, the safety of journalists is guaranteed, state intrusion in media affairs is minimal, and the press is not subject to onerous legal or economic pressures. Steep declines worldwide were linked to two factors: heightened partisanship and polarization in a country’s media environment, and the degree of extralegal intimidation and physical violence faced by journalists. Even in the much more open media environments of Europe, journalists faced unusual levels of pressure from terrorists and, to an extent, their own governments. Download Map PDF Notable gains and declines in 2015 Gains: Declines:
The International Energy Efficiency Scorecard The 2012 International Energy Efficiency Scorecard ranks 12 of the world's largest economies, representing over 78 percent of global gross domestic product, 63 percent of global energy consumption, and 62 percent of the global carbon-dioxide-equivalent emissions. The rankings include: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the European Union. Over 25 different energy efficiency indicators or "metrics" have been analyzed for each economy ranked in the report. The rankings are determined by a total score out of 100 possible points. Points can be earned in four difference categories including buildings, industry, and transportation, as well as metrics that track cross-cutting aspects of energy use at the national level. The 2014 International Energy Efficiency Scorecard will be released in the summer of 2014 with more countries and more metrics. Can’t wait for the 2014 International Scorecard?
International Property Rights Index, IPRI EIU Democracy Index The fearful era in which we live is not conducive to defending democratic standards or extending democracy's reach across the globe. The latest edition of The Economist Intelligence Unit's Democracy Index reflects the situation in 2015, a year in which democracy was tested in the face of war, terrorism, mass migration and other crises, and, in some cases, suffered serious setbacks. In our age of anxiety, the first casualty of fear and insecurity is often freedom. The Democracy Index provides a snapshot of the state of democracy worldwide. Almost one-half of the world’s countries can be considered to be democracies, but, in our index, the number of “full democracies” is low, at only 20 countries. To find out how the anxious mood of our times is currently impacting democracy across the globe, download the free report, Democracy Index 2015: Democracy in an age of anxiety
KOF Index of Globalization UNDP Gender Inequality Index, GII Gender inequality remains a major barrier to human development. Girls and women have made major strides since 1990, but they have not yet gained gender equity. The disadvantages facing women and girls are a major source of inequality. All too often, women and girls are discriminated against in health, education, political representation, labour market, etc — with negative repercussions for development of their capabilities and their freedom of choice. The GII is an inequality index. The GII sheds new light on the position of women in 155 countries; it yields insights in gender gaps in major areas of human development. Global Innovation Index A.T. Kearney Global Cities The A.T. Kearney Global Cities Index (GCI) ranks 125 cities according to 27 metrics across five dimensions, including business activity, human capital, information exchange, cultural experience, and political engagement. The Global Cities Outlook (GCO) examines 125 cities and ranks 13 leading indicators across four dimensions: personal well-being, economics, innovation, and governance. The rank and score in the GCO is determined by measuring change across each metric in the past five years, then projecting out to 2024. Together they create an unmatched perspective into global cities by: Providing a view of current performance and future potential Identifying historical trends since 2008 Analyzing the performance of 125 cities representing all regions Measuring a holistic set of metrics and indicators at a city level