Half of the world is still offline.
Big digital divides persist, especially in the least wealthy countries.
58% of people in the world can't afford an Internet connection.
“Affordable” is widely agreed to be less than 5% of GDP per capita for entry level broadband services, but even that is a steep price for the slow and unreliable Internet in many countries. Also, the lowest percentages of women online are in countries where mobile Internet costs the most.
57.8% of the world’s population cannot afford broadband Internet service
39.5% of the world’s population cannot afford Internet on their phone or mobile device
Only some of the top 9 languages for Web content (English, Russian, German, Japanese, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian, Chinese) correlate with the number of users. Most languages on the Web are underrepresented.
Percentage of internet users
Percentage of internet content
52% of all websites are in English, even though only 25% of the global population understands English.
The percentage of content in English decreases only slowly now, but used to be as high as 75% of all webpages in 1998. When people can read, experience and create content in their own language, Internet health improves.
Censorship is alive on the Internet.
Internet freedom is in decline for the sixth consecutive year, according to democracy watchdog Freedom House in the US. Their 2016 report ranks the majority of 65 countries studied as either “not free” or only “partly free”.