Internet Current Affairs - 2020

For the first time in India: More rural Internet users than Urban

The Internet and Mobile Association of India recently released a report according to which the active internet users in rural India has increased by 10% as compared to that of rural India. According to the report, rural India had 227 million active internet users and urban India had 205 million internet users. This is the first time in Indian history the number of rural internet users have surpassed urban internet users.

Key findings of the report

The report says that around 71 million kids between age 5 and 11 go online using devices of their family members. India has also become the second largest internet user after China. In India the number of active internet users of age 5 years and above is 504 million. In China, the number is around 850 million active users. In USA, there are 280 to 300 million users.

In terms of Internet penetration, India lagged behind US and China. It was 40% in India as compared to that of 61% in China and 88% in USA. Internet penetration is the percentage of the total population of a country that uses internet.

Internet usage in India

The female internet users were higher than that of the male internet users. The local languages are gaining importance in the internet platform of India. Around 13 million of the 22 million monthly page views are in local languages like Marathi, Hindi and Bengali.

Among states, Delhi topped in internet penetration followed by Kerala.

Google: Tangi Application; AI Model for Killer Whales; 1 million USD Grant

On January 31, 2020, Google announced I million USD grant to promote news literacy among Indians. Also, the organization has launched a new application called “Tangi”.

Highlights: Grant

The Google News Initiative has announced to contribute 1 million USD grant to improve news literacy of Indians. The grant is to be used to build a strong network against fake news producers in the country. Around 300 workshops, boot camps and sessions are to be organized to train journalists, academicians and fast-checkers on the authentication of the published content on the internet. The training is to be provided in 7 Indian languages

Highlights: Tangi Application

The Tangi Application of Google focuses on Do It Yourself videos. The name of the application has been inspired from TeAch aNd GIve.

Highlights: AI Model

Google has used an AI model that listens to Killer Whales, identifies the origin of sound and displays its location. The model has been installed in Canada. According to Centre for Whale Research, only 73 Southern Resident Orcas (a sub species of Killer Whales) are left in the world