Findings of Inclusive Internet Index 2019

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By admin May 21, 2019 16:15

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  • The Economist Intelligence Unit, commissioned by Facebook, has published the Inclusive Internet Index for a third consecutive year.
  • It covers 100 countries, up from 86 in 2018, representing 94% of the world’s population and 96% of global GDP.

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  • India has been ranked 47th in the overall score while Sweden topped the chart, followed by Singapore and the US.
  • However, the index measures four domains which, taken together, provide a holistic picture of an Internet inclusion:
  • Availability: The quality and breadth of the available infrastructure required for the access and the levels of Internet usage.
  • Affordability: The Cost of access relative to the income and the level of the competition in the Internet marketplace.
  • The Relevance: Well, the existence and also the extent of the local language content and the relevant content
  • The Readiness: Well, the capacity to access the Internet, which includes the skills, cultural acceptance, and also the supporting policy

Report Findings

  • According to the report, there are demonstrable benefits from comprehensive female e-inclusion policies, digital skills programs and targets for women and girls to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
  • In fact, the men have still more Internet access than the women globally, but low and the lower middle-income countries narrowed the gender gap in 2018.
  • However, the affordability is declining the relative to the monthly income in many countries, disproportionately affecting women and also the people in low-income countries, all of whom are more reliant on the mobile as their primary means of accessing the Internet.
  • While the percentage of the households connected to the Internet globally increased, on an average from 53.1 percent to 54.8 percent, the rate of growth in the Internet connections slowed to 2.9 percent in 2019 from 7.7 percent in 2018.
  • While lower-middle-income countries had a significant 66 percent improvement in 4G coverage, low-income countries saw a moderate 22 percent improvement.
  • Well, the web accessibility standards also improved globally, led by low and also lower-middle-income countries.
  • Furthermore, the overall gap between those with the access to the Internet and those without narrowed, the lowest income countries fell behind because they improved at a slower rate than other countries and also the much slower than last year. In fact, there are still approx8 billion people around this world without fast and reliable Internet access.
  • Internet connections in low-income countries increased by only 8 percent compared to 65.1 percent last year.
  • More than half (52.2 percent) of respondents said they are not confident about their online privacy.
  • Yet the majority of respondents (74.4 percent) think the Internet has been the most effective tool for finding jobs.

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