Summary of Digital Dividends

World Development Report 2016

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Digital Dividends summary
Digital technologies are changing the world, but the digital divide among people is still a barrier.


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The digital age has transformed the world and changed the daily lives of individuals around the globe. But while 5.2 billion people today have mobile phones, 4 billion still have no Internet access. This enlightening report from the World Bank Group provides a comprehensive overview of what governments need to do in providing certain “analog complements” that would enhance existing technology, so that everyone on the planet can reap the benefits of Internet connectivity. The study offers many real-world examples and uses startling statistics to tell a compelling story, which getAbstract recommends to policy makers, investors and business executives.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What benefits “digital dividends” provide
  • Who has access to these benefits and who doesn’t
  • How governments can ensure that everyone shares in the advantages of Internet connectivity


A Connected World
In 2016, out of a world population of about 7.4 billion people, 4 billion have no Internet access. Some 3.2 billion have hard-wired Internet connections, but only 1 billion enjoy affordable high-speed access. Meanwhile, 5.2 billion individuals...
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