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UN: Majority of world's population lacks internet access

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More than half of the world's population still does not have access to internet, with Asia and Africa having the lowest rates of access, according to a United Nation report.

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Of the 7.6 billion people in the world, 3.58 billion, or 48 percent, are using the internet.

But that's a significant jump from 2016, when 3.4 billion people or 45.9 percent of the world's population were estimated to be online, the U.N. report stated.

Europe has the world's highest rate of connectivity, with nearly 80 percent of people online, while Africa had the lowest percentage of internet user penetration, with only 21.8 percent of the population having internet access.

But Asia had the highest percentage of people without access, making up 62 percent of all people in the world not online.

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