Sustainability challenge and related SDGs:
The Internet of Things (IoT) has changed the way we live, work, do business and interact. It connects people all over the world. Social contacts are made and maintained online; information about global events is shared; people interact on the labour market or take up further education.
In 2020, there was an unusually large increase in the number of people who went online. This was due to the measures taken in response to the COVID19 pandemic, such as lockdowns and school closures, which contributed to people’s need to access news, social contacts, health information or e-commerce.
Global connectivity increased by more than 10% worldwide in the first year of the pandemic – by far the largest annual increase in a decade – and is estimated to have brought an additional 782 million people (about 17%) online. Currently, around 63% of the population worldwide has access to the internet. 37% of certain populations (2.9 billion) still live offline and this lack of digital inclusion exacerbates existing inequalities in already marginalised groups of people such as women, the poor, youth or people with disabilities.
- 10.Reduced Inequalities
- 11.Sustainable Cities and Communities