Do you know that more than 50 percent of the global population is still offline? Apparently out of 7 billion people in the world, only 3.3 billion are online. Even with the different initiatives like OpenCellular by Facebook initiated worldwide to provide free access to the online world, half of the world can’t access the world wide web.
This revelation is among many other new sources revealed to us by The Internet Health Report, an open source initiative by Mozilla that will document the state of the Internet through a combination of research and report from multiple sources.
It is an open-source research project that hopes to start a conversation about what is healthy and unhealthy for the Internet. It also aims to look at the future of the web and will try to explain what is happening to this public resource.
Mozilla has released the initial version of the report that is looking at the health of the web across five issues from the topics like decentralization, open innovation, and online privacy and security, to newer areas such as digital inclusion and web literacy.
The report asks the following questions to determine the health of the Internet:
- How open is it?
- Who is welcome online?
- Who controls it?
- Is it safe and secure?
- Who can succeed online?
The report also reveals that broadband internet is not affordable for 57.8 percent of the global population and 39.5 percent in the world cannot afford an online connection on their mobile phones.
It also states that there were 51 intentional internet shutdowns in just first ten months in 2016, and also 52 percent of all websites are in English, a language that is only understood by the 25 percent of the world population.
This report by Mozilla is just a prototype, and according to VentureBeat, The Internet Health Report version 1.0 will be launched by the end of 2017. Mozilla in its blog notes that there will be 5 billion online users by 2020 and raises concerns about the internet getting divided up by a few key players, making it potentially less open and decentralized. Mozilla said:
“The internet is now our environment. How it works and whether it’s healthy has a direct impact on our happiness, our privacy, our pocketbooks, our economies, and democracies,”