A striking map created by John Matherly at search engine Shodan shows significant disparities in internet access across the world. The graphic maps every device that’s directly connected to the internet. We first noticed it when geopolitical expert Ian Bremmer tweeted it. Some of the dark spots on the map could be attributed to low population density in those areas, but by looking at the map it’s clear that internet access isn’t equal across the world.
The different colours indicate the density of devices — blue indicates fewer devices and red indicates more devices at a given location. As you can see from the map, the US and Europe have very high levels of internet connectivity, with the exception of the less-populated areas of the western US. Africa is mostly an internet blackout, and Asia has much less internet connectivity than Europe and the US despite having very dense population centres in some areas.
Source: BI Australia