Covid-19 shows the web is not a luxury. It is a lifeline.
Click to tweet
Imagine living through the Covid-19 pandemic without access to the web.
True isolation, without a video connection to loved ones. No streaming movies, online workouts, and virtual concerts to keep you entertained. No glory in the online pub quiz.
Think about how much harder it would be to stay safe and healthy without the latest advice at your fingertips. And the difficult choices we’d face if we couldn't work or learn from home.
What feels impossible for many is the reality for nearly half of the world. Today, 3.5 billion people remain unconnected, cut off as the world has shut down and gone online. And many more lack the quality of connection they need to use the full power of the web.
Here, we untangle the persistent digital divides that exist around the world — and what we must do to get everyone, everywhere meaningfully connected.