By the end of the year 3.5 billion people, 47 percent of the global population, will have access to the internet, according to a new report from the United Nations International Telecommunications Union.
But internet access is far from evenly distributed. While 80 percent of the population in developed countries uses the internet, only 40 percent has access in developing countries, and less than 15 percent in less-developed countries (LDCs) do, leaving female, elderly, less educated, poorer, and rural populations offline.
“Internet penetration levels in LDCs today have reached the level enjoyed by developed countries in 1998, suggesting that the LDCs are lagging nearly 20 years behind the developed countries,” the report said. READ MORE.