More than four billion people in the world do not have access to the Internet, creating a huge digital gap, the World Bank said on Wednesday.
In India there are most people without internet, 1,1 billion, then in China 755 million, and in Indonesia 213 million, according to the institution's report.
There are a total of 4,2 billion people without internet, or about 60 percent of the world's population. "We must try to avoid creating a new marginalized social class," warned World Bank economist Kaushik Basu.
The report also shows that even the poorest households mostly have a mobile phone. "It has to be said that households are often more important to get a mobile phone than to have clean water," says World Bank President Jim Yonk Kim.
Although the number of people having an Internet connection tripled over the last ten years, the digital revolution is still less powerful than it would have been in low-income countries.
"The effects of technology on world production, the improvement of opportunities for the poor and the middle class .. have not reached expectations," the report said.
"If we want everyone and everywhere to benefit from digital technology, we must overcome the digital gap that still exists, especially when it comes to accessing the Internet," the report says.
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