The digital divide represents the disparity between the `technology-rich' and `technology-poor' countries (Johnson).
In 2004, less than 3 out of every 100 Africans use the Internet, compared with an average of 1 out of every 2 inhabitants of the G8 countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the UK and the US). The G8 countries are home to just 15% of the world’s population - but almost 50% of the world’s total Internet users
- In Asia only 4 in every 1,000 people have a PC compared to 585 per 1,000 in the US.
- Africa has a population of 884 million yet there are only 4 million internet users on the entire continent.
The Digital Inclusion Index identifies countries whose populations and economies suffer from a lack of ability to use and access information through communication technologies (ICTs)
Countries that suffer the most from the Digital Divide lack access to ICTs such as:
- -Mobile phones.
As you can see on the Map below, the countries that are suffering most from the digital divide are located in Latin America, Africa and Southeast Asia. In some countries such as Bangladesh, Cambodia, Madagascar and Zaire the amount of internet penetration is less than 2%.
Johnson, Richard. "India Suffer from Huge Digital Divide." Global Perspectives. Global Corporation Council. Web. 9 November 2011.