Daily Dose of Data 6: Large gaps remain in Internet usage

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Online activities associated with higher levels of education show large variability between countries  

 Over 2015-16, on average 83% of Internet users reported sending e-mails, 80% used the Internet to obtain information on goods and products, 70% read online news, 69% used social networks, and 31% used cloud technologies. While 58% of Internet users ordered products on line, only 18% sold products over the Internet. Activities such as sending e-mails, searching for product information and social networking show little variation across all countries. However, the shares of Internet users performing activities usually associated with a higher level of education (e.g. those with cultural elements or more sophisticated service infrastructure), tend to show larger cross-country variability. This is the case, for example, for e-banking, online purchases, news reading, cloud technologies and e-government.

Large gaps remain across countries for some Internet usages

OECD Digital Economy Outlook 2017

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Statlink: http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/888933585609

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