Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Data Shows a Digital Divide in Global Bandwidth

Orcutt, Mike. "Data Shows a Digital Divide in Global Bandwidth." Technology Review, March 5, 2012.

From the article: "The number of devices capable of connecting to the Internet has exploded in the past few years, giving millions of new people access to the Internet. But does this mean the end of the “digital divide”—the gulf between wealthy people with easy access to information and communications technologies, and poor people without such access?

Not exactly, according to new research by Martin Hilbert, a professor of communications at the University of Southern California. Although the disparity between the rich and poor in devices per person shrank during the past decade, the world’s total installed capacity to send and receive data over the Internet remains concentrated in wealthier nations, his work shows."  Read more

See Also
Hilbert, Martin and Priscila Lopez. "The World’s Technological Capacity to Store, Communicate, and Compute Information." Science, Vol. 332 no. 6025 pp. 60-65.

International Telecommunications Union. "9th World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators Meeting." Last modified December 16, 2011.