Jul 10, 2015

Map resizes countries by number of internet users

Oxford Internet Institute has visualised Earth’s online population, showing web usage concentrated in Europe and North America. Researchers at the Oxford Internet Institute (OII) have produced a map that shows the countries of the world resized by the number of internet users in 2013. Each hexagon represents 470,000 internet users and the countries are shaded by the proportion of their respective populations that are online. The little white dot you can see at the top of China, for example, is Mongolia. The map partially reflects population density but it also flags up countries such as India, which is home to 190 million internet users but still has a long way to go in getting all its citizens online. The OII also mapped this data back in 2011 and since then it has seen a large rise in internet penetration in several African countries. The proportion of the population on the internet has increased 14.9 percentage points in South Africa, 11 in Kenya and 10 in Morocco, Egypt and Nigeria. However, 29 out of 47 sub-Saharan African countries still have internet penetration of less than 10%, with insignificant growth between 2011 and 2013. The data is provided by the World Bank, which has been measuring the number of internet users by country since 1990. The latest figures show that only a third of the people on the planet currently have access to the internet. Cartograms are useful ways of mapping data as they allow you to distort for population size or other factors while still maintaining the rough shape of your geography – we used one for our UK election map.

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