The term Third World was originally coined in times of the Cold War to distinguish those nations that are neither aligned with the West (NATO) nor with the East, the Communist bloc. Today the term is often used to describe the developing countries of Africa, Asia, Latin America and Oceania.  Many poorer nations adopted the term to describe themselves. (Countries of the Third World)

The term digital divide refers to the gap between people with effective access to digital and information technology and those with very limited or no access at all. It includes the imbalances in physical access to technology as well as the imbalances in resources and skills needed to effectively participate as a digital citizen. In other words, it is the unequal access by some members of society to information and communication technology, and the unequal acquisition of related skills. The term is closely related to the knowledge divide as the lack of technology causes lack of useful information and knowledge. The digital divide may be classified based on gender, income, and race groups, and by locations. The term global digital divide refers to differences in technology access between countries or the whole world.(Digital Divide)

But this definitions does not seem to matter if we talk about Internet accessibility worldwide.  The Philippines belong in the group of Third World countries as a developing country in Asia.  Filipinos are also perceived to suffer a wider range of digital divide with the majority of its 80 billion population belonging to the Class C, D and E of the society.  But because of the rapid growth in technology, decline in cost of computers and wider range of internet availability, the Philippines surprisingly lands in the list of Top 20 Countries With the Highest Number of Internet Users.  The country is in 18th place with a penerability rate of 24.5%, translated into 24 million users  which comprises 1.4 of the total world wide internet users.  Penetrability means the ratio of the number of users against the total population.  The Philippines has an estimated population of 98 billion.  China topped the list with around 360 million users or a total of 26.9% of penetrability.  China has 20.8% of the World wide population of internet users.  They are followed by the United States with 13.1%(227 million users), and Japan with 5.5%(96 million users).  India, another Third World Country, is at fourth place with 4.7%(81 million users).

The top 20 countries owns 76.4% of the total number of internet users worldwide.  Click here to view the complete list.

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