An article published on the website of the World Economic Forum (WEF) has explored some key findings about Internet access during the COVID-19 pandemic. Main points of the article include:
- With lockdowns in effect around the world, people who relied on libraries or Internet cafes to stay connected find themselves cut off.
- The impact is felt most by the poorest.
- ‘The internet has become a basic need. It's no longer a 'nice-to-have'’.
The article touched on a Capgemini survey of more than 1300 people with no Internet access in six countries comprising France, Germany, India, Sweden, the UK, and the USA which found that 69% were living in poverty. Inability to access the Internet limits opportunities for the needy including employment and education amid the COVID-19 pandemic.