Half the global population of the world now uses the internet according to the latest estimates. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a United Nations body, approximates that 3.7 billion people are now online. They forgot to count a couple of hundred bears here at Jammy Toast but we will forgive them this once. The global population currently stands at around 7.5 billion. About 2 billion of non-users will be in the developing world, the report added. But just 89 million will be in countries such as Somalia and Nepal. These are part of a group of nations described as “least developed countries” by the United Nations, with a combined population of 940 million.
Most of us walk around from day to day with a mobile phone in our pockets and we never really give it a second thought. If it rings we answer it and if someone texts then we reply to them. That is perhaps the total amount of thought we give to our phones. However, in reality, the total amount of computing power in our mobiles is more than it took to put a man on the moon – or so I have been told. Well, believe it or not, Razzi and I wrote this sitting in Sefton Park in Liverpool on a copy of Microsoft Word for Windows Phone. Once we had finished typing this in we saved it and a copy of it is uploaded to the cloud. Then, when we got back home, we loaded Microsoft Word on our computer and there it is saved ready for us to proof-read and post it.
To mark the United Nations Day of Anti-Bullying, people around the world have been asked how they think the internet should evolve. What would their dream internet look and feel like? “The internet needs to feel more like chatting in a bar,” said Adela Goberna, 23, a newly qualified lawyer and co-founder of the Internet Society’s Youth Special Interest Group. “You need to be able to say, ‘OK, our opinions are different but I respect what you’re saying and I’m getting something from this conversation.’ And I think that type of conversation makes people much more relaxed and willing to speak.”
The most searched for thing on the internet is cats. With more than two million videos posted to YouTube featuring the domestic feline, at Jammy Toast we are asking ourselves why? Furthermore, a new exhibition called “How Cats Took Over The Internet” has opened at the Museum of Moving Images in New York looking at just this riddle. The exhibition looks at the history of how they rose to internet fame, and why people like them so much. Almost half of all original YouTube videos are of people’s pets, and around 26 billion views are just for cats, making them the single most popular category. Some cats have even become famous, and earn millions of pounds after their owners posted their pictures online. So how did cats become so popular? We decided to take a closer look…