1. Over 60% of the world’s population still doesn’t have Internet access.
Yes, it’s true. In a world of 7.2 billion people, over 4.4 billion don’t have access to one of the world’s greatest, 21st century-defining resources.
According to the 2014 McKinsey & Company report, for 6 countries this percentage is nearly 90% of their population or more. This includes Pakistan, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania, Ethiopia and Myanmar. Myanmar, is number one in the category of countries with the least amount of Internet access. It has a staggering rate 99.5% of people without Internet access.
An estimated 64% of the world’s offline population live in poor, rural settings with poor infrastructure, healthcare and education. In fact, approximately 28% of those without Internet connection are illiterate.
2. More than 60 Countries around the World Censor the Internet
Access to Internet is not the only concern, free and open access to the Internet is at risk as well with more than 60 countries around the world censoring the Internet.
In China, some of the world’s most popular, global sites are blocked, including Google, Facebook, YouTube and more. Turkey, on the other hand, blocks sites like Twitter and other social media outlets when they so choose. According to the Huffington Post, they submitted 477 Twitter take down requests in 2014 alone.
Unfortunately, it seems that year by year, both the number of countries practising censorship and those who are subject to these restrictions have increased. In 2015, the Freedom House published their annual assessment of 65 countries with the Freedom on the Net Report. They found that content removal had increased with 42 of 65 countries requiring private companies and internet users to restrict or delete content dealing with political religious, or social issues. Sadly, this number was up 37 from the previous year. Furthermore, they found that arrests and intimidation had escalated with authorities in 40 of 65 countries imprisoned for sharing information regarding politics, religion or society through digital networks. Very scary…