Every year millions of people join the online world. But is it possible for the entire world to be online at some point? Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt not only thinks this is possible, but that it will happen within the next seven years. Schmidt said, “For every person online, there are two who are not. By the end of the decade, everyone on Earth will be connected. Think about how great the internet is with 2B users. Now think about how amazing it will be when 5B come online in a decade. #NewDigitalAge.”
Schmidt’s comments did receive some criticism, with people pointing out that it would be highly unlikely for third world countries to obtain the resources to make this possible in that short amount of time. However, there are projects designed to bring the online world to even the poorest of countries. One of these projects is Geeks Without Frontiers, a nonprofit organization that donates computers and digital technology to poor areas of the world. The mobile web will certainly play a big role in this movement as well. In some countries, more people have access to a mobile phone than to electricity.
There is no question that the online world continues to expand every year. In 2013, 38% of the world’s population was using the Internet, a 3% increase from 2012. How fast that rate will increase in the future remains to be seen, but with the constantly evolving and improving technology, anything is possible.
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