Over 62% of the world’s population have never been online
In their State of Connectivity report for 2014, Facebook’s Internet.org initiative released figures claiming that only 37.9% of humans have access to the internet once a year or more. The report claims that 32% of people in developing countries have access to the internet, compared to 78% in the developed world. The report also noted how the rate of people gaining internet access has slowed down over 50% since 2010, increasing at a rate of 6.6% in 2014.
The barriers holding back “connectivity” are threefold: infrastructure, affordability, and relevance. The report admits “connecting the world is not an easy task,” as “connectivity may remain permanently out of reach for billions of people.”