4.4 billion people around the world still don’t have Internet. Here’s where they live

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(Washington Post) — The world wide web still isn’t all that worldwide.
An exhaustive new study by McKinsey & Company (really, it’s 120 pages long) about the barriers to Internet adoption around the world illuminates a rather surprising reality: 4.4 billion people scattered across the globe, including 3.2 billion living in only 20 countries, still aren’t connected to the Internet.

The sheer number of people unconnected in some countries is staggering. India is home to nearly a quarter of the world’s offline population; China houses more than 730 million; Indonesia 210 million; Bangladesh almost 150 million; and Brazil nearly 100 million. Even in the United States, 50 million people don’t use the Internet (though, as my colleague Caitlin Dewey points out, many of those who are offline in the United States are offline by choice).
But adjusting for size, and instead looking at the percentage of people in certain countries that still aren’t connected to Internet, shows that quite a few places have very little internet penetration at all. In Myanmar, 99.5 percent of the population is offline; in Ethiopia, almost 98 percent; in Tanzania, more than 95 percent; and in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, just under 95 percent.
Most of the world’s offline population, some 64 percent, live in rural settings, where poor infrastructure, health care, education, and employment, impede Internet adoption, the study says. In India, for instance, roughly 45 percent of the population lives without electricity, making Internet access all the more unthinkable.

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  1. You say Ethiopia is not connected to internet? but you oppose the electrification of Ethiopia by opposing the dams being built for electricity? How do you then wanted people to be internet connected without electricity? 50 Americans are offline by choice? No, a lie, actually there are more 50 million marginalized communities in USA too. I have done research this summer and we found out most black communities in USA has no access to internet and this study was conducted by feminist study who wanted to use internet to protect women from rape in USA but found out most black communities have no access to internet and can not benefit from the internet.

  2. ኢትዮጵያ በኢንተርኔት ወደ ሁዋላ ብትቀር ኣይገርመኝም። የራሴን ልምድ ልንገራች ሁ። በኣንድ ትምህርት ቤት ውስጥ ኣዲስ ኣበባ እሰራ ነበርና ያኔ ገና ኢንተርኔት ኣገራችን መግባት እንደጀመረ ማለት ነው በትምህርት ቤቱ ውስጥ ኢንተርኔት ማስገባትና ኬብል ቲቪ ማስገባት እንዳለብኝ ኣሰብኩ።
    ከዚያ በሁዋላ የውስጥ ገቢ የማገኝበትን መንገድ ኣፈላልጌ ትንሽ ገንዘብ ኣገኘሁና ኮምፒውተር ገዛሁ፣ ኬብል ቲቪ ኣስገባሁ፣ ኢንተርኔት ኣሰገባሁ። ይህን ሳደርግ ከሚመለከታቸው የመንግስት ኣካላት ድጋፍ ኣጣለሁ ብየ ኣላሰብኩም። ሁሉ ነገር ኣልቆ ይህንን ስራ ሪፖርት ሳደርግ የተሰጠኝ ምላሽ ሁሌም ይገርመኛል። ላስገባሁት ኢንተርኔት በየወሩ የሚከፈል ብር የለንምና ተጠያቂ ኣይደለንም፣ ኪሳራ ውስጥ ገብተሃልና መውጫ ፈልግ የሚል ነበር። ኬብል ቲቪ ለትምህርት ቤቱ ኣሁን ኣንገብጋቢ ኣይደልም ኣሉኝ። ይገርማል። ከዚያ መምህራንን ሰብስቤ የኢንተርኔትና ኮሙኒኬሽን ክበብ የሚባል ክለብ ፈጠርኩና ኣባላት በሚያወጡት ገንዘብ የኢንተርኔት የወር ወጪ ለመሸፈን ተነሳሁ። በእኔ እምነት ኣስተማሪዎች ለመረጃ መጋለጥ ኣለባቸው በየ ነው። እንደ ሲዔንዔን ቢቢሲ እና ለሎች ጣቢያዎችን እያዩ ስለ ዓለም ወቅታዊ ጉዳይ ያውቃሉ ኣስፈላጊውን እየመረጡ ለተማሪዎች ይነግራሉ ብየ ነው። ኢንተርኔት ብዙ መረጃ ሊያገኙ ይችላሉ ብየ ነበር። ኣሁን ይሄ ይታመናል። ከመንግስት በኩል እንዴውም ኣስነቅፎኝ ነበር። ስለዚህ በኢሓዴግ ዘመን በመረጃ በተለይም በኢንተርኔት ወደ ሁዋላ ብንቀር ለኔ ኣይገርመኝም ልላች ሁ ነው ይህን ያመጣሁት።

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