60% of the world don’t have access to the internet

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McKinsey & Company

This map, created by consulting firm McKinsey & Company using data from the World Bank, shows where the roughly 4 billion people around the world who aren’t created to the Internet live. And it might surprise you.

While it often seems like the whole world is connected these days, the reality is that around 60 percent of the world still doesn’t have access to the Internet.

Three quarters of the world’s offline population live in just 20 countries – including India, Russia, Nigeria, Brazil and, surprisingly, the US, where one in five Americans don’t have the Internet.

But things are changing quickly. Current uptake trends suggest that by 2017 nearly one billion more people will be online, with many of those in India. And both Facebook and Google now have innovative projects in the pipelines to help beam wi-fi to the whole world. Facebook intends to do this with giant solar drones, while Google wants to use balloons to beam its Internet.

Source: The Washington Post, McKinsey & Company


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