net December 2018 Issue 313
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Published 1st November
Despite its reputation as a global medium, the early days of the net tended to be focused on a rather white western web. Things have certainly moved on over the last three decades – a Pew Research Center survey this year found the proportion of adults in the developing world owning a smartphone or using the internet at least occasionally has rocketed from 42 per cent to 64 per cent in the last four years (https://netm.ag/2RUlNt7).
But it can still be easy to forget that many of your users in developing nations might not be packing 20GB-a-month 4G connections; as Ire Aderinokun comments in our interview this month, designing for the future of the internet requires you to consider a “huge spectrum of users [with] many varying needs”.
Plenty to get your teeth into, no matter where you’re reading from.