Are you online? – Close look at digital divide and education
Ken Aragaki
Mar. 27, 2015

Access to Internet has become so vital in our daily life. We use Internet to check news, communicate with family or friends and find directions. It is also a powerful tool for education. More and more schools around the world are adapting computers and Internet to educate children.
Yet about 4.2 billion people, or 60% of the world population, still do not have access to Internet. The United Nations has declared the right to Internet access a basic human right. The digital divide exists even within some developed countries, including the United States.
I will explore the issue of digital divide globally and then take a close look at countries/cities where the issue of digital divide is severe: rich vs. poor, urban vs. rural, etc.
The goal of this data visualization project is to show how digital divide is affecting children on education.

World Bank – Internet users (per 100)

International Telecommunication Union
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Pew Research Center
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