Posted by: bluesyemre | March 6, 2017

The Inclusive #Internet Index by The Economist Intelligence Unit

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Twenty years after the Internet began to change people’s lives, less than half of the world’s population benefits from it. Even in some developed countries, up to one-fifth of residents are still offline, either unable to use the Internet or unconvinced of its value. The ranks of the unconnected are far larger in the developing world.

To measure the enabling environment for a vibrant, online world, The Economist Intelligence Unit constructed The Inclusive Internet Index . Commissioned by Internet.org, the index uses a new framework to measure adoption and beneficial use of the Internet in 75 countries. We found that while high levels of wealth and economic development contribute much to a strong and inclusive Internet, several middle-income countries are successfully building key enablers, such as relevant content, digital literacy and progressive policies. We show that countries with lower levels of economic development have levers to pull to boost Internet inclusion, and that high-income economies such as Taiwan, Spain and the UK lead the world in ensuring that women can connect to the Internet.

Connectivity alone, however, is not enough to guarantee that people will benefit from the Internet. As our study argues, the Internet must also be relevant, and people must have the skills and confidence to use it.

https://theinclusiveinternet.eiu.com/

https://theinclusiveinternet.eiu.com/explore/countries/performance

https://theinclusiveinternet.eiu.com/summary


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