According to a new report from the World Wide Web Foundation, founded by Tim Berners-Lee, more than 60 percent of the world’s population remains unconnected to the Internet, equaling some 4.3 billion people. Berners-Lee argues that “it’s time to recognize the Internet as a basic human right. That means guaranteeing affordable access for all, ensuring Internet packets are delivered without commercial or political discrimination, and protecting the privacy and freedom of Web users regardless of where they live.” In accordance with these views, the report not only examines those who are not connected, but also the restrictions on those who can, most notably government requests for data which the report says are increasingly on the rise.
60% of the World’s Population is Offline
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About the Author: Ellyssa
Ellyssa Valenti Kroski is the Director of Information Technology and Marketing at the New York Law Institute as well as an award-winning editor and author of 75 books including Law Librarianship in the Age of AI for which she won the AALL's 2020 Joseph L. Andrews Legal Literature Award. She is a librarian, an adjunct faculty member at Drexel and San Jose State Universities, and an international conference speaker. She received the 2017 Library Hi Tech Award from the ALA/LITA for her long-term contributions in the area of Library and Information Science technology and its application. She can be found at: http://www.amazon.com/author/ellyssa
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