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IB Geography: Changing space - the shrinking world: Internet growth and the Digital divide

A guide to resources on the shrinking world for your IB geography course, compiled by your librarians.

Visualising the growth of the internet

© Copyright 2006 SASI Group (University of Sheffield) and Mark Newman (University of Michigan).

This animation, from the World Mapper website, shows the growth of Internet users around the world from 2000 to 2007.

Video - Internet Statistics

Lots of interesting facts and figures about technology...

Definition - The Digital Divide

The digital divide is " a term used to refer to inequalities in access to ICT.

Such inequalities can be seen between:

  • developed and developing countries
  • urban and rural areas
  • ethnic and socio-economic groups in the same country
  • different age groups
  • males and females."

(Source: Guinness, P., 2011. Geography: for the IB diploma. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.)

Global download study

This interactive map illustrates internet speeds around the globe.

2013 Global Information Technology Report

This video features a discussion of the 2013 Global Information Technology Report (GITR), including analysis of Singapore's position in the number 2 position in the GITR's Network Readiness Index.

Find out more here: INSEAD: Closing the Digital Divide: Connectivity is Just the start

New considerations in the digital divide

This diagram highlights some new considerations with regard to the digital divide.

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