Less Than Half The World Has Internet Access; Barriers, Disincentives Appearing, ISOC FindsPublished on 9 June 2014 @ 5:47 pm
Intellectual Property Watch
By Maëli Astruc for Intellectual Property Watch
The internet is expected to reach 3 billion people globally next year, but “much development work still remains to bring the economic and social benefits of the internet to all people and to make sure everyone has quality access” Kathy Brown, president and CEO of the Internet Society (ISOC), said on today’s release of ISOC’s first annual report on the state of the internet.
The Global Internet Report was released today, finding signs of barriers and discouragement of some from using the internet in the wake of revelations of mass surveillance and lack of privacy. Other issues addressed include affordability and resilience.
ISOC Chief Economist Michael Kende, author of the report, identified two groups of non-users, those who lack physical or material access to internet and those who voluntarily choose not to access for several reasons.
The report (pp. 116-120) mentions that copyright licensing has been seen as a possible challenge, and some content being not accessible depending on the country where the user is located.
The report recommends a “reform of the licensing regime and copyright laws at regional or international levels … helping to equalize user experience around the globe.”
“We hope that this annual new series of reports contributes to how we all focus on the challenges to bring the benefits of the Internet to everyone,” Brown said in a press release.
William New contributed to this report.
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