Global success in information technology

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6 Feb 2010

The global statistics on information and communication technology give some of the clearest indications of the benefits of economic growth for the mass of humanity. According to a flyer on The World in 2009 (PDF) from the International Telecommunications Union some 4.6 billion people, two-thirds of the world’s population, had a mobile phone by the end of the year. This compares with about 10% in 2000. Also last year: more than a quarter of the world’s population were using the internet, more than a quarter of the world’s population had access to a computer at home and three quarters of households had a television. Of course it would be even better if access to such technologies was universal but the trend is clearly in the right direction.