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Factors affecting Internet development: An Asian survey (09 Feb 2004)
As far as literacy is concerned, it does not seem to have a significant impact on the development of the Internet in Asia as the Internet penetration rate remains too low in most Asia countries. As long as Internet access remains a privilege for the elite, literacy will not be a significant factor affecting the Internet growth, but literacy could become a significant factor when the Internet usage passes its elite stage to enter a popular stage. You would not expect a country like Nepal or Pakistan to reach the kind of Internet penetration rate enjoyed by Singapore or Japan, when the majority of their adult population is illiterate. As long as basic computer skills require basic education, we are unlikely to see widespread access of the Internet in those countries with high illiteracy.
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