Internet Usage in the Middle East

gAtO fOuNd -this chart while chasing a mouse. When I saw this chart it’s a mirror of who and how the middle east is doing in cyberspace. First let’s look at who is not letting it’s people use the internet without restrictions. Iran, Syria and Gaza Strip as you can see they are not allowed to use Facebook. Iran has 46% of it’s people using the internet but it’s cut off and monitored (intranet only mAyBe). In Syria you can see the elite use the Internet and the local population is stopped flat. The disparity of who has and who hasn’t can be seen by this little chart.

http://www.internetworldstats.com/stats5.htm
Middle East Internet Usage and Population Statistics
MIDDLE EAST Population
( 2011 Est. )
Users, in
Dec/2000
Internet Usage,
Latest Data
% Population
(Penetration)
Users
% Region
Facebook
Subscribers
Bahrain 1,214,705 40,000 649,300 53.5 % 0.9 % 287,020
Iran 77,891,220 250,000 36,500,000 46.9 % 50.3 % n/a
Iraq 30,399,572 12,500 860,400 2.8 % 1.2 % 860,400
Israel 7,473,052 1,270,000 5,263,146 70.4 % 7.3 % 3,442,680
Jordan 6,508,271 127,300 1,741,900 26.8 % 2.4 % 1,675,780
Kuwait 2,595,628 150,000 1,100,000 42.4 % 1.5 % 822,640
Lebanon 4,143,101 300,000 1,201,820 29.0 % 1.7 % 1,201,820
Oman 3,027,959 90,000 1,465,000 48.4 % 2.0 % 285,080
Palestine (West Bk.) 2,568,555 35,000 1,379,000 53.7 % 1.9 % 599,520
Qatar 848,016 30,000 563,800 66.5 % 0.8 % 245,580
Saudi Arabia 26,131,703 200,000 11,400,000 43.6 % 15.7 % 4,034,740
Syria 22,517,750 30,000 4,469,000 19.8 % 6.2 % n/a
United Arab Emirates 5,148,664 735,000 3,555,100 69.0 % 4.9 % 2,340,880
Yemen 24,133,492 15,000 2,349,000 9.7 % 3.2 % 329,040
Gaza Strip 1,657,155 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
TOTAL Middle East 216,258,843 3,284,800 72,497,466 33.5 % 100.0 % 16,125,180

In places like Jordan almost every one in the country that has Internet access has an account in Facebook, Lebanon is also 100% online and on Facebook. Facebook and other social media is taking over the middle east. Their leaders will have to be careful in the muslin world the young are becoming more digitized every second. The smart phone has opened door to freedom more than any other device today –gAtO oUt.

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