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October 20, 2010

In Celebration of World Statistics Day…

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Happy World Statistics Day!

If you’re here wondering what I’m talking about,  here are some helpful resources.

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About World Statistics Day

The celebration of the World Statistics Day will acknowledge the service provided by the global statistical system at national and international level, and hope to help strengthen the awareness and trust of the public in official statistics. It serves as an advocacy tool to further support the work of statisticians across different settings, cultures and domains.

Other World Statistics Day Resources:

How’s This for a Statistic…

The International Telecommunication Union recently published The World in 2010: ICT Facts and Figures that revealed that the number of Internet users worldwide doubled in the past five years and will surpass the two billion mark in 2010. That’s 30% of the world’s population!

Here are some other notable statistics from the report:

The number of people having access to the Internet at home has increased from 1.4 billion in 2009 to almost 1.6 billion in 2010.

162 million of the 226 million new Internet users in 2010 will be from developing countries, where Internet users grow at a higher rate.

By the end of 2010, 71% of the population in developed countries will be online compared to 21% of the population in developing countries.

While in developed countries 65% of people have access to the Internet at home, this is the case for only 13.5% of people in developing countries where Internet access in schools, at work and public locations is critical.

Regional differences are significant: 65% of Europeans are on the Internet, compared to only 9.6% of Africans.

You can read the full article online at http://www.itu.int/net/pressoffice/press_releases/2010/39.aspx.

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