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Half of the world is now officially online, but several thorny new problems now threaten the digital economy

Half of the world is now officially online, but several thorny new problems now threaten the digital economy
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About half of the world's population is now online, the World Economic Forum said in a new report.




But the transformation to a digital economy and society faces some big challenges, the forum said.




Among the biggest are that the pace of internet adoption is slowing markedly and trust in the digital economy is waning.



The internet has reached a major milestone — half of the world's population is now online.
The digital transformation of economies and society continues apace and promises a range of benefits, from better health to reduced inequality to greater access to information, the World Economic Forum said in a new report issued Sunday night. But as the digital era takes hold, policymakers, businesses and citizens are facing some profound anc difficult-to-solve problems, the forum noted in the report.
Internet adoption is slowing, which threatens to leave billions on the wrong side of the digital divide, possibly even permanently, the report warned. With cyberattacks up and trust in tech companies down, more than half of people around the globe think technology's downsides outweigh its benefits. And both the public and private sectors are struggling to keep up with the pace of digital change and set rules that benefit everyone.
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