Access to the Internet is increasing worldwide. Between 2000 and 2015, global Internet penetration grew seven-fold from 6.5 per cent to 43 per cent.
Internet of Good Things
Bridging the digital divide and building knowledge in societies by making life-impacting information universally accessible
Yet millions of people still lack access to quality, credible information. In some instances, this lack of information can be life threatening; in others it constrains social and economic growth.
The Internet of Good Things (IoGT) is a UNICEF-led initiative that aims to bridge the digital divide and build knowledge in societies. As a communication tool, the IoGT hosts mobile packaged content designed to make life-saving and life-improving information available for free, even on low-end devices. It shares resources on a wide range of topics, including tips for caregivers to support early childhood development, advice on keeping children safe online, and how to recognize, prevent and respond to the spread of diseases. UNICEF country offices and partners also use the IoGT platform to capture feedback and local best practices from communities through polls and survey functionalities.
To date, 15.9 million youth and adults in 61 countries benefit from the IoGT and get free, life-saving and life-impacting information through their basic mobile phones. Nearly 1 million users – 60 per cent of whom are between the ages of 13 and 24 – access UNICEF’s IoGT content every month. Since its launch in 2015, messages hosted on the IoGT mobile platform have been accessed by more than 25 million people.