A recent blog post by the Knight Center, University of Texas has explored the key findings of a recent UNESCO report dubbed ‘World trends in freedom of expression and media development: regional overview of Latin America and the Caribbean 2017/2018’.
According to the report the most ‘significant and persuasive trend’ is the increase in Internet access in Latin America and the Caribbean. The study which analysed 33 countries that make up the region, found an increase in Internet users by 17% between 2013 and 2017. The report also projected that the mobile Internet access will hit 50% by 2020.
Internet access is growing rapidly, yet large groups of people remain unconnected to the Internet. As of 2015, about 43% of people had access to the Internet (in developing countries only 34%). Access to ICTs is part of the Sustainable Development Agenda, which commits to ‘significantly increase access to ICTs and strive to provide universal and affordable access to the Internet in least developed countries by 2020’ (Goal 9.c).