The Offline People!
The internet is a global system of interconnected computer networks, where any computer in a network can link up to the information stored in any other computer following a certain set of protocols. It is accessed through satellites, telecommunication lines, optical fibers, modems, routers, and brought to the computer devices by converting analog signals to digital computer signals. In most parts of the world that are economically and politically stable, internet is used in almost all facets of daily life creating a massive impact on lives of people and civilization every day. Despite the fact that the use of Internet makes human life easier, a current survey reveals that 2/3 of the world is still not connected with this massive pool of information. During the age in which we can get the information in any corner of the world in a press of key, the majority of the world doesn’t even have the resources to connect to internet.
The World Wide Web isn’t that worldwide as its name suggests. A study by McKinsey & Company about the barriers to Internet adoption around the world illuminates a rather surprising reality: more than 60 percent of the world’s population remains offline. Without removing crucial deterrents to Internet adoption, little will change – more than 4 billion people may be still left behind.
- Survey of 2014.
The sheer number of people that are not connected to the internet in some countries are staggering. Be it poor infrastructure, culture, region, education, or economy, the problem can be seen more in the third world countries.Even the language plays a great role in the unavailability of internet in many areas.
According to the Washington Post, some 64% of the offline population live in rural areas, where information related to health care, education, and employment and hard to access.
For instance, in India, roughly 45% of the population lives without electricity. This makes availability of internet access in those areas hard to imagine.
It’s a matter of inequality too. For instance in developed countries like United States, Addressing the widening gap between the rich and poor could make internet more accessible for those at the bottom of the pyramid.
Age also determines the usage of internet. More than 80% of people who aren’t connected to the Internet are younger than 55 years, and more than 42% of younger than 25 years. That includes children, some of whom can’t hold a mouse, let alone manage a modem. Also, it consists of those elders who aren’t much familiar with the internet and hence not connected.
- The devices and the service plans are too expensive and the people are poor.
- Poor infrastructure, employment, education and health care of those offline population residing in rural areas impede the internet adoption.
- People aren’t much aware about the value of internet and possibility with it.
- Lack of education: because 900 million offline people are found to be illiterate.
- Power supplies are way too limited and costly too.
- No local languages are available for the contents on the internet.
- Mobile networks are few and far between.
- Large amount of data isn’t supported by the available networks.
Some of the people who were interviewed in the survey of internet.org:
Nisha: A puppeteer, a fire dancer, a split performer, yet unknown to the world.
Erika and Esmerelda: Robotics engineers, without the help of internet.
Lain: Owns a shop with varieties of antique materials, but the world doesn’t know him.
In today’s economy of knowledge, the abovementioned people are still disconnected from the power of internet. They are unable to share their amazing work to the rest of the world, not because of their lack of knowledge and skills in their field, but due to the unavailability of internet connection where they live. They would be happy to keep us posted, but we’ll have to find them first. Perhaps, the internet in the years to come will create opportunities for them that they’d never have otherwise.
The given data shows us that that in the developing and underdeveloped countries and even in some developed countries, the use of Internet should be expanded. People need Internet not only to interact with other people around the world, but also to share their knowledge, ideas and perspective with the rest of the world. If we achieve this dream of getting every corner of the world connected to the internet, the possibilities of development will be way too high than the current situation.
The third world countries are developing in every aspects including education, health or technology. The availability of internet on the area where there is little usage of internet should be increased. The hurdles for implementing the provision of internet are education, economy, age and expensive internet connections. Due to lack of supervision and ignorance too, this situation is not seemingly developing.
- Free Basic Services:
Free basic services should be provided to these third world nations where the internet access can become less affordable. People should be able to browse their selected categories of health, business, food, employment or any informational websites, without or much less data charges.
- Fixing the Bandwidth issues:
Even a text message or a simple webpage requires bandwidth which is scarce in many parts of the world. The nations can merge up with the ITs in global partnership that will work to overcome the problems faced including the internet access available in a wide range with a fine speed in affordable prices.
- Taking Connectivity to the next level:
Various social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter. LinkedIn etc. have been developing ways to make affordable internet access possible in communities around the world where people can add up their circles and make their online presence that would consecutively help in widening their social network and in a cheap rate.
- Education and Awareness:
The use of Internet has various advantages which the offline people are unknown about. Further making them aware of the pros and cons and the benefits they could grab in every opportunities, the Education system has to change. Once their way of thinking about the internet grabs the track, development starts.
The third world countries have poor economy. If people aren’t able to pay for the internet services they are provided, that hinders the growth. This is the world of internet. It should be made a priority. So, keeping in view the economic conditions, affordable and efficient services should be provided.
Many sites including Internet.org has been publicizing the importance of internet. Government should allocate budgets for these kind of funding and advertising campaigns so that the importance of internet can get to public.
Internet traffics from mobile devices is growing so fast these days that it has been surpassing the desktop traffic. Rendering affordable mobile services would reduce half of the issues against the holding back of the internet in almost two-third of the world. Joint efforts by the government as well as the private firms and academia will result sure growth in this sector. Internet gives an online identity, opportunities for success and life changing ideas and perspectives. Information are a key away from us. Thus, making efforts together we can remove all the barriers and give the unconnected majority of the world the power to connect.