Governing Big Tech’s Pursuit of the “Next Billion Users”

Delivering sustainable economic growth
Posted Apr 06, 2019 | Center for Global Development, Michael Pisa, John Polcari

Ten years ago, only six percent of the population in low-income and lower-middle-income countries had access to the internet, today, nearly some 30 percent do. This expansion raises new policy challenges. In this paper for the Center for Global Development, Michael Pisa and John Polcari review the growth of internet use in the developing world, with a focus on initiatives by big tech companies to reach the Next Billion Users. They discuss concerns about data privacy, disinformation, and market concentration that have emerged in lower-income countries, and the response of policymakers, and close by considering how the development community can support policymakers who seek to advance an open internet while minimizing its risks.


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