More than half of the world's population is online.
An important threshold towards a more inclusive global information society has been reached, with more than half of the world population using the Internet at the end of 2018. Growth continued, with 53.6% of individuals, or 4.1 billion people, using the Internet at the end of 2019. There is an uneven distribution though among the SDG regions, with percentages ranging from 20% in Oceania (excluding Australia and New Zealand) in 2018 to 87% in Australia and New Zealand in 2018.
Continued collective efforts are needed to connect the remaining half in order to leave no one behind. Nations around the world have recognized the transformational impact of bringing their population online and this positive change can happen if education about the technology is combined with the right policies. To strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development goals there needs to be a close collaboration among governments, policy makers and network operators.
Proportion of individuals using the Internet by SDG region
Indicator 17.8.1 is the global indicator for SDG 17.8: Fully operationalize the technology bank and science, technology and innovation capacity-building mechanism for least developed countries by 2017 and enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology.