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Many factors can affect how resilient and durable access to the Internet can be in a given country, and a pair of German researchers have defined nine geographic, demographic, and political factors that can be aggregated to measure Internet resiliency at the national level.

Annika Baumann and Benjamin Fabian of the Institute of Information Systems at the Humboldt University of Berlin settled on the nine following metrics: total number of autonomous systems (ASes) in a country: number of ASes per square kilometer, AS to population ratio, AS to population density ratio, total IP addresses in the country, ratio of ASes and IP addresses, IP addresses per capita, risk of becoming a target for cyberattack, and a country's World Press Freedom index rating. "A combination of these metrics will balance the geographical characteristics in such a way that only those countries will be on the top of the final lists which are superior in all areas," the researchers say.

Using their metrics they found Western, primarily European, countries were the most resilient, with Latvia, Switzerland, and Romania taking the lead and the United States in the number eight spot behind Slovenia but ahead of Sweden. The least resilient nations were largely in Africa, but included Turkmenistan, Yemen, and North Korea.

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