Thursday, December 07, 2006

Global wealth disparity underlies Internet disparity

We have discussed global disparity in Internet backbone deployment, cost and usage rates. North America, Western Europe and the rich Asian nations are the "haves," and the rest of the world ranges from "have not" to "have almost nothing." A recent UN study investigates the distribution of world wealth (as opposed to income), and, not surprisingly, finds high correlation with the Internet disparity we observed in class.