- ^ The methodology for Freedom House’s Freedom on the Net report can be found here. The 2020 NRI Economy Impact is one of several sub-indicators that make up the Network Readiness Index. It is itself based on 5 further sub-indices: i) Proportion of medium- and high-tech industry value added in total value added (%), 2016; ii) High-technology manufactured exports (% of total exports of manufactured goods), 2019; iii) Number of applications filed under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) (per million population), 2017; iv) Labour productivity per person employed (2019 US$), 2019; and v) Average answer to the question: In your country, to what extent is the online gig economy prevalent? [1 = Not at all; 7 = To a great extent], 2018–19. Full sources and definitions can be found in Appendix II of the Network Readiness Index 2020 report, on p298.
- ^ While this measure is slightly noisy – both indices are composite measures based on several sub-indicators – it is notable that the top-left quadrant is entirely empty: no country with a Freedom on the Net score of less than 50 achieved a score over 50 for NRI Economic Impact. While a strong Freedom on the Net score does not guarantee a strong NRI Economic Impact score (which covers broader ‘participation in the network economy’, and is thus determined by several other economic factors that may not be present in places with otherwise strong internet freedoms), this analysis suggests that internet freedoms may be necessary, even if not sufficient, for successful internet economies.