November 20, 2017

More than half of the world’s population still offline – UN

Paul AdepojuSep 15, 20171min

In spite of the surge in the number of internet users in Nigeria, Africa and across the world, about 3.9 billion people around the work still do not have access to the internet, with the digital gap growing between developed and developing countries, according to a report from the UN Broadband Commission.

The report which was released ahead of the UN General Assembly taking place in New York this month noted that 48 percent of the global population is now online, with broadband technologies today driving substantial transformation in many development-related sectors including health, education, financial inclusion and food security, as well pushing goals for education, gender equality and infrastructure.

The report predicted that internet penetration in the developing world will reach 41.3 percent by the end of this year while in the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), penetration will only get to 17.5 percent.

The report also highlighted a growing gender disparity gap with more men still using the internet worldwide, though women are outnumbering men in the Americas. Still, UN said disparities are growing elsewhere in developing countries, especially in Africa.

Paul Adepoju

Paul ADEPOJU is a Nigerian freelance journalist, managing editor, blogger and published writer (3 books already). He has vast experience working with various media organizations in Africa, Asia, Europe and America. He covers stories on various genres and for various audiences. He is the managing editor of HealthNewsNG.com which is Africa’s leading health news website; he also manages IBPulse.com, a city blog that focuses on happenings in his home town of Ibadan, southwest Nigeria. He has won several awards including Nigeria’s Vanguard Newspaper’s Young Nigerian Making The Difference award; a certificate of recognition from UNESCO and Goi Peace Institute in Japan; a finalist at the International Press Institute’s Young Nigerian Journalist of the Year award; and was the only African finalist in the NetImpact/FedEx Global Access Essay Competition.



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