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Cashing in on Canadian Connectedness: The Move to Demonstrating Value

Briefing by Natalie Gagnon, Brian Guthrie

The Conference Board of Canada has ranked Canada second in its ‘Connectedness Index,’ behind the United States. The Conference Board defines connectedness as the availability and use of information and communication technologies and associated services to facilitate communications, interactions and transactions, whenever and wherever. However, as Gagnon and Guthrie point out, the power of connectedness is just starting to be tapped. They argue that connectedness can improve the performance of our health, educational, government and business systems.

The Connectedness Index rank countries by four variables: the availability, reach, price, and use of information and communication technologies. Gagnon and Guthrie argue that in the Canadian context there is room for improvement in all four areas. The authors further suggest that Canada can leverage its connectedness advantage to increase innovation and productivity. Gagnon and Guthrie also provide recommendations for future expansions of the Connectedness Index, including an analysis of the outcomes and impacts of increased connectedness.

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Author(s): Natalie Gagnon; Brian Guthrie;
Publisher: Conference Board of Canada [ Visit Website ]
Year Published: 2004; Publisher Type: Research Institute
Publicly Available: Yes Research Focus: International; National;
Registration Required: Yes Language: English
Payment Required: No Publication Format: Adobe PDF

Subjects / Categories:

Policy Articles / Media & Communications / Technology
Policy Articles / Media & Communications / Technology / 2004
Policy Articles / Media & Communications

Keywords / Tags:

connectedness; Connectedness Index; information and communication technologies; innovation; productivity; ;