Spreading Online Access: UN Issues Challenge

(Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine) – In less developed countries, online accessibility hasn’t been nearly as widespread.

Today, a report by the Associated Press indicated that a panel at the United Nations has issued a challenge: make internet more available for the less fortunate around the world.

Concerning the issue, Hamadoun Toure, who leads the International Telecommunications Union at the UN emphasized the need for the private sector to work with governments to accomplish the challenge.

According to the AP report, the UN panel’s goal is to have internet provided for at least half of the people in developing countries, specifically making it available for 40% of households.

The UN panel’s challenge concerning online access is actually not the only matter to make news regarding the issue lately. On Monday, ICANN President and CEO Rod Beckstrom discussed spreading online accessibility in Africa during a meeting in Dakar.

Commenting on the matter, Beckstrom stated, “There has been tremendous progress toward greater connectivity. In ten years, the number of Internet users has grown 25-fold.”

“That is rapid growth, yet it still represents only 11.5 percent of the African population,” he continued. To assist in spreading internet throughout the continent, ICANN is helping with acquisition on new gTLDs.