Thanks to the power of the internet some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people, especially women and girls, can more easily set up businesses; access financial and government services; advance their education through free digital ebooks and videos; and communicate with family, friends and networks the world over. They can advance their education through free digital ebooks and videos, and the internet helps them and their families lead healthier, safer and more prosperous lives.
Using the internet, health workers have been able to track patients with the Ebola disease to reduce the risk of spreading the virus. Using internet-based training tools, non-governmental organisations have helped upskill nurses in a fraction of the time needed using previous methods, reducing costs dramatically. And farmers have been able to increase their incomes by using internet-enabled mobile phones to better manage their supply chains.
But, over half the people on this planet don’t have access and where someone lives makes a huge difference to whether they can take advantage of the internet’s potential.
The internet belongs to everyone. It should be accessible by everyone.