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Posted in Dark Ages 2.0© under Internet Security
Most everyone in the world is talking about cellphones, computers and other digital equipment and applications.
It has always been hard to come by any facts about how many, and what kind of digital tools are getting popular, and out into the world at large. So here you go, of the total world's human population:
Digital Penetration In – February, 2013
7,018,000,000 (i.e. over 7 billion) 52% 48%
TOTAL WORLD POPULATION URBAN RURAL
INTERNET USERS INTERNET PENETRATION
USERS OF TOP SOCIAL NETWORKS SOCIAL NETWORK PENETRATION
MOBILE SUBSCRIPTIONS MOBILE PENETRATION
Reference: We Are Social Singapore, a conversation agency with offices in Singapore, London, Paris, Milan, Munich Sydney and São Paulo. They help brands to listen, understand and engage in conversations in social media. Future Factors 2013 (a slide show).
I am concerned that with all of our total current and future reliance on digital techniques and technology humankind is 'putting its eggs in one basket'. Indeed, we are relying more on digitization every day, and moving inexorably to convert most everything else to digital.
If something catastrophic happens to our digital systems, that will affect civilization and all of mankind immediately and for a long distance into the future.
Catastrophes a can quite easily be brought about with cyber war, electrical grid failure, solar flares striking satellites (and earth), the illness of technologists, sub-contracting much of our digital work to the lowest cost suppliers, often not in country, and a host of other factors. I have covered some of those in Dark Ages 2.0© - An examination of negative impacts on life on this earth. Computer hackers, disease, ecological, environmental, electromagnetic energy, overpopulation, pesticides, solar activity, viral, etc. previously.