The World Online

Can I Go Online From Anywhere?

  • December 2, 2016
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Well… Online from Almost Anywhere!

Less than half of humanity have access to the Internet. Yet, there are over 3.5 billion Internet users, around the world that could go online at any given day or time.

Some Food for Thought

That’s over 3,500,000,000 Internet users!  Imagine how much potential your content could have at a global scale.  What if you could reach just a small percentage of all these users?

 

The World Online

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Note

This map shows the total number of Internet users in a country (size of the country) as well as the percentage of the population that has Internet access (shade of the country) as of reports from 2013.

Data and Method

The map uses 2013 data on Internet users and population that was obtained from the World Bank. The World Bank has tracked the number of Internet users per country since the 1990s as part of its Worldwide Development Indicators project.

The data is visualized using a hexagonal cartogram (a distorted map). In this cartogram, the size of each country is drawn based on the absolute number of its Internet users, while keeping the countries’ and continents’ shapes as close to their true shape as possible. Each small hexagon accounts for about half a million people online. Countries with fewer Internet users do not show up in the cartogram. Note the small inset map showing the actual relative sizes of the continents. The shading of each country in the cartogram represents the share of the population that has Internet access (the so-called Internet penetration): darker shades indicate higher rates of Internet access among the population.

Sources

[fac_button icon=”user-circle” title=”Ralph Straumann” text=”Ralph Straumann” link=”http://geonet.oii.ox.ac.uk/blog/author/ralph-straumann/” target=”_blank” color=”#808080″ color_hover=”#1e73be” background=”#ffffff”]

[fac_button icon=”university” title=”Geonet – University of OXFORD” text=”Geonet – University of OXFORD” link=”http://geonet.oii.ox.ac.uk/blog/author/ralph-straumann/” target=”_blank” color=”#808080″ color_hover=”#1e73be” background=”#ffffff”]

[fac_button icon=”globe” title=”Internet Live Stats” text=”Internet Live Stats” link=”http://www.internetlivestats.com/internet-users/” target=”_blank” color=”#808080″ color_hover=”#1e73be” background=”#ffffff”]

BITS Team