When the dot.com bubble burst at the turn of the century and speculators’ pockets were less well-lined than they would have wished, the Internet did not go away. According to the website Internet World Stats, at the end of August 2010, almost two billion people, around one-third of the world’s population, were using the Internet. And, whilst penetration is greater in more developed parts of the world (77 per cent in North America compared with 11 per cent in Africa), the growth of usage in less developed regions (over 2,000 per cent growth in Africa in ten years compared with 146 per cent growth in North America) testifies to the Internet’s significance (Internet World Stats, 2010). The statistical detail may be debatable, but the picture is clear: the Internet is widely used.
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