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The digital divide (Top and worst for digital): World Internet population and Penetration December 2, 2015

Posted by OromianEconomist in Uncategorized.
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According to World Internet population statistics, countries Such as DR Congo, Chad and  Ethiopia barely exist on world map.


World internet population and penetration

(World Economic Forum, Nov. 30, 2015): Digital rights are basically human rights in the internet era. The rights to online privacy and freedom of expression, for example, are really extensions of the equal and inalienable rights laid out in the United Nation’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights. According to the UN, disconnecting people from the internet violates these rights and goes against international law. British Prime Minister David Cameron recently pledged to give all UK homes and businesses access to fast broadband by 2020, adding that access to the internet “shouldn’t be a luxury, it should be a right”.

Singapore has overtaken Finland to become the most effective user of digital technology in the world, according to the latest Networked Readiness Index (NRI). However, it is European nations that dominate the leader-board, with seven top 10 places this year. Singapore is the sole remaining Asian Tiger following the demotion of Hong Kong and South Korea.

The NRI is part of the World Economic Forum’s Global Information Technology Report 2015: ICTs for Inclusive Growth. The NRI identifies the capacity of countries to leverage Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), by assessing the overall political and business environment, the level of ICT readiness and usage among the population, businesses and government, as well as the overall impacts of ICTs on the economy and society at large.

The 2015 results, which cover 143 economies, confirm the dominance of advanced economies and the persistence of the multiple-faceted digital divides not only across but also within economies. They reveal the pervasive digital poverty that deprives the neediest from the opportunities offered by ICTs.

Beyond this diagnosis, the 2015 edition of the report provides solutions from leading experts and practitioners to alleviate digital poverty and make the ICT revolution a global reality.


Here is a list of the top 10 economies making the most of the digital age, according to the NRI:

list of the top 10 economies making the most of the digital age, according to the NRI


Here are the top 10 sub-Saharan digital countries:


The top 10 sub-Saharan digital nations


Here are the worst 10 sub-Saharan digital countries:

(They are also making among the worst in the world)


The worst 10 sub-Saharan digital countries


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