In developing countries a 10% increase in Internet access adds 1.28 - 2.5% to the GDP. Globally, Internet access added 1-1.4% to the employment growth rate.
The Internet is its own digital civilization that allows for camaraderie to emerge across borders, nationalities, genders, and belief systems. Those with access have the ability to collaborate, learn, empathize, and participate.
Give a man a fish feed him for a day, teach him how to fish and feed him for a lifetime - but give a man the Internet, and he can teach himself how to fish, and anything else he wants to know.
Without it, efforts are duplicated, resources are wasted, and health and safety are jeopardized. At best, you lose efficiency; at worst, you lose lives.
Telemedicine technologies are revolutionizing the way the world's poor are accessing healthcare. With access, the world's best doctors can diagnose diseases from thousands of miles away.