Slowdown in global internet access

An analysis of UN data contained in a yet to be published report in November, by the Web Foundation, shows that the growth of internet access around the world has slowed dramatically. New data suggests that the digital revolution will remain a distant dream for billions of the poorest and most isolated people on the planet.

Notable trend, described in the unpublished report with highlights exclusively published in The Guardian, shows the rate at which the world is getting online has fallen sharply since 2015, with women and the rural poor substantially excluded from education, business and other opportunities the internet can provide. The data shows that growth in global internet access dropped from 19% in 2007 to less than 6% last year.