Insight: Whether Poorer Countries Have Overcome the Digital Divide?
No, if we think that using the internet is an indicator, then it is the wealthier countries that still leads.
Yes, the internet was celebrated to be a great leveler. Businesses, politicians and NGOs sold that story in varying hues and colors. But even now, despite it being a revolutionary technology that altered almost everyone’s lives on the planet, the use of technology still remains a matter of wealth. See the figures from the Pew Center.
Internet penetration rates are high in North America, Europe and parts of the Asia-Pacific with others falling behind.
South Korea, the Netherlands, Australia, Sweden, Canada, the United States, France and Germany are amongst the countries that have highest internet penetration, whereas most emerging economies including China, Nigeria, Ghana etc fall short of the global median of 75%, with India going as low as 25% to share the same percentage with Tanzania!