Denmark and Sweden are better than the United States in their ability to exploit information and communications technology, according to a survey published Thursday, reports the Associated Press. The United States, which topped the World Economic Forum's "networked readiness index" in 2006 before slipping down the rankings, climbed one place to third in the latest edition of the survey.

The study largely blamed poor political and regulatory environments in the United States for offsetting some of the benefits of having the world's most competitive economy.

The index, which measures the range of factors that affect a country's ability to harness...

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