There is strong belief among many people that the Internet both requires democratic freedoms and promotes democratic freedoms. But looking at nations Internet use charted on the ratings of Democracy and Income makes it pretty clear that money drives Internet adoption. In fact what relationship between Internet adoption and Democracy seems to be simply produced by the fact that western nations are both rich and democratic.
Graphs made with gapminder.org graphing software.
|The graph of Income per person and Internet adoption produces a very clear graph. Clearly income is driving Internet adoption.|
|In fact the entire relationship of Democracy and Internet usage can be explained by this graph of Democracy and Income.|
Conclusion, Internet adoption is being driven by wealth. As nation get richer they adopt the Internet more and more. If there is a relationship between Democracy and Internet usage it is because of a possible weak relationship between wealth and Democracy. But it is obvious that over a million people are poor and without access to the Internet and yet have the blessings of Democracy.