Internet Population Explosion Could Mean Trouble

We all know the Internet has revolutionized civilization, but have you ever stopped to think just how much it has changed your life over the past 15 years -- and what the future may hold? The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) reports unprecedented growth in information and communications technologies (ICTs) since 2000.

Here are some mind boggling statistic from the latest ITU report: there are over 7 billion mobile subscriptions worldwide -- up from 738 million in 2000 -- and 3.2 billion people are using the Internet. Two billion of those people live in developing countries.

EUThese new figures not only show the rapid technological progress made to date, but also help us identify those being left behind in the fast-evolving digital economy, as well as the areas where ICT investment is needed most,EU said ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao.

An Inclusive Information Society

Between 2000 and 2015, Internet penetration has increased almost seven-fold from a mere 6.5 to a whopping 43 percent of the global population. During that same time period, the proportion of households with Internet access at home climbed from 18 percent in 2005 to 46 percent in 2015.

On the flip side of the connectivity coin, 4 billion people in the developing world are still not online. Off the nearly 1 billion people living in what ITU calls the EUleast developing countries,EU 851 million do not use the Internet.

EUICTs will play an even more significant role in the post-2015 era and in achieving future sustainable development goals as the world moves faster and faster towards a digital society,EU said Brahima Sanou, the director of the ITUEUs Telecommunication Development Bureau. EUOur mission is to connect everyone and to create a truly inclusive information society, for which we need comparable and high-quality data and statistics to measure progress.EU

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