I came across a new Index of Fear - the Unisys Security Index. See here -
This security index outlines the 'fear levels' of various countries on four areas of security:
- National security - security and epidemics
- Financial security - bankcard fraud and ability to meet personal financial obligations
- Internet security - spam, virus and online financial transactions
- Personal security - physical risk and identity theft
Not all countries are covered by the Index. But of the ones covered, it looks like the two most prosperous places in Asia- Singapore and HongKong are also the most paranoid - particularly about an epidemic.
I think this index will watched with a lot of interest as more countries are covered.
It should provide a benchmark for various institutions to address areas of concern. Many countries like Iraq, Lebanon will throw interesting indices! I think the poorer countries will be less concerned about bank fraud, spam, virus and ID theft and should
show low scores. The richer the country, the more fearful is it likely to be.