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- The Internet gender gap is hurting the world's economy as well as millions of women across the globe, says a newly released study. Getting Internet access to an additional 600 million women in the next three years would result in an estimated increase of $13 billion to $18 billion in gross domestic product across 144 developing countries, according to the report titled Women and the Web.
The report is the result of studies sponsored by Intel Corporation, an American multinational semiconductor chip maker; Dalberg, a management consultancy firm specializing in global development; and GlobeScan, a public opinion research consultancy working in more than 70 countries. World Pulse, a nonprofit media network involving women from 190 countries, also contributed to the study. According to the report, women are nearly 25 percent less likely than men to be online.