Internet access

Women’s internet access still trailing men ‘and gap is growing’: ITU

Although almost nine in 10 people in developed countries use the internet, in poorer regions, only a fraction of that number goes online. That’s the latest finding from ITU, the International Telecommunications Union, which in a new report, highlights how more women than ever are missing out on potential digital gains.

In an interview with UN News’s Daniel Johnson, the agency’s Dr​ Susan Teltscher explains why it’s often women in rural areas who suffer most.

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News in Brief 5 November 2019

  • Cameroon faces worsening humanitarian emergency
  • US-China trade war is a ‘lose-lose’ situation for them and the world, warn UN economists
  • Internet use and access is improving, but digital gender gap is growing: ITU
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Countries urged to make ‘digital world’ safer for children

Rising Internet connectivity has the potential to transform children’s lives for the better, but also makes them vulnerable to sexual abuse, online harassment and bullying, recruitment by extremist groups, and other risks, according to a new UN-backed report published on Tuesday.

Internet milestone reached, as more than 50 per cent go online: UN telecoms agency

For the first time, more than half of the world’s population of nearly 8 billion will be using the internet by the end of 2018, the United Nations telecommunications agency announced on Friday.

Refugees without mobile and internet access lack a vital “lifeline”

Mobile phones and the internet can be key survival tools for refugees around the world, the UN says, but it’s found that many still do not have access to either.

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