In the last five years, reports on connectivity around the world show remarkable progress: those of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU)(link is external) recorded a year-on-year increase of 9% and 20%, respectively, in fixed and mobile broadband subscriptions, while this growth is even stronger in the global South.
However, as levels of access to the internet increase, there is growing concern about the persistent digital divide. Although 51% of the population has internet access, the big question seems to be: how will the "other half" connect up? Here we should especially take into account that this other half consists of the rural population and those living in urban peripheries, the poor, and women in countries with marked gender gaps.
DECOLONIZE THE INTERNET GOVERNQNCE