International Telecommunication Union report
According to new research, ‘Measuring digital development’ by the ITU, an estimated 4.1 billion people are using the Internet in 2019, reflecting a 5.3 per cent increase compared with 2018. Countries with the highest proportions of people not using the Internet are mostly in Africa and South Asia, although there are inter-regional differences.
The digital gender gap is growing fast in developing countries.
A critical barrier in the uptake and effective use of the Internet is a lack of ICT skills. In 40 out of 84 countries for which data are available, less than half the population possesses necessary computer skills such as copying a file or sending an e‑mail with an attachment.
ITU’s global membership includes 193 Member States as well as some 900 companies, universities, and international and regional organizations. They represent a cross-section of the global ICT sector, from the world’s largest manufacturers and carriers to small, innovative players working with new and emerging technologies, along with leading R&D institutions and Academia.
Read the full report here.
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