Digital Divide

15 October 2015

Internet gap hinders small firms in poor countries, study shows Reuters

A study of small and medium-sized businesses around the world has found that one of the main reasons they underperform - especially in poorer countries - is that they make too little use of the Internet.

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06 October 2015

Facebook plans satellite 'in 2016' BBC News

Facebook is to launch a satellite that will provide internet access to remote parts of Africa, the social network's founder Mark Zuckerberg has announced.

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28 September 2015

While EU governments demur, refugees find a welcome on the Web Reuters

With one million people expected to seek asylum in Europe this year and governments arguing over how to cope, thousands of volunteers are taking to the Internet to offer refugees shelter free of charge.

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Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg pledges refugee camp internet access BBC News

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has announced plans to help bring the internet to UN refugee camps.

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27 September 2015

To Unite the Earth, Connect It by Bono and Mark Zuckerberg New York Times

Seventy years ago, the United Nations was formed as the expression of a simple choice: cooperation instead of war. Humanity would stand as one against conflict, poverty and disease. All the world's voices would be heard.

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28 July 2015

Facebook says there's money to be made bringing Internet to the developing world Washington Post

With turning one this week, Facebook's project to spread Internet access to the developing world isn't just getting older -- it's also targeting new telecommunications partners in hopes of connecting more people to the Web.

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13 July 2015

Internet Society's 2015 Global Internet Report: Mobile is Key to Fulfilling the Promise of Internet Connectivity for the Next Billion People Internet Society

The Internet Society today released its 2015 Global Internet Report, the organization's second annual report on the global state of the Internet. Focused on the impact of the mobile Internet, this year's report shows that mobile has fundamentally transformed Internet access and use, and holds the key to fulfilling the promise of Internet connectivity for the next billion people.

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04 June 2015

Mobile phone access in Africa set to double in next five years Reuters

Eighty percent of sub-Saharan Africa's 800 million people should have access to mobile telephones by the end of the decade, double the current rate, although government help is needed to reach far-flung areas, industry body group GSMA said Wednesday.

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20 May 2015

Facebook criticised for creating 'two tier internet' with programme The Guardian, Facebook's initiative to expand internet access to the "next billion" people across the developing world, has come under attack from 67 digital rights groups worldwide for not doing enough to promote net neutrality alongside expanding access.

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05 May 2015

Mayor De Blasio Makes A $70M Commitment Toward Universal Broadband In New York City TechCrunch

In what is one of the most prominent financial commitments that an American city government has made toward universal broadband, the De Blasio administration is committing $70 million to bring affordable high-speed Internet to city residents.

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19 April 2015

The internet in Vietnam: If a tree falls ... online, will the Communist Party hear anything? The Economist

Saplings have sprouted on several streets in Hanoi, Vietnam's leafy capital. They are puny replacements for at least 500 grand old trees that were uprooted last month without public consultation. The clearance was supposed to be the first phase of a city-government project to replace 6,700 mature specimens. But it spawned outrage on Facebook in a campaign which gathered 20,000 supporters in 24 hours, some of whom speculated that officials were motivated by the chance of selling the valuable timber. Three days later, on March 19th, the city's leader, Nguyen The Thao, put the cutting on hold. He later suspended scores of officials and commissioned an investigation, due to be completed in a few days.

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Should Netflix Be Accessible to the Deaf? Several court cases argue that disability laws that apply to public places should apply to online spaces, too. The Atlantic

When President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act 25 years ago this July, his hope was that the law would ensure that people with disabilities were given "independence, freedom of choice, control of their lives," and "the opportunity to blend fully and equally into the rich mosaic of the American mainstream."

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18 April 2015

Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg hits back in India row BBC News

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg has defended the aims of his initiative after several Indian firms decided to pull out of the project.

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26 March 2015

Drones Beaming Web Access Are in the Stars for Facebook New York Times

In classical mythology, Aquila is the eagle carrying Jupiter's thunderbolts skyward. At Facebook, it is the code name for a high-flying drone, indicative of the social networking company's lofty ambitions.

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05 March 2015 Hopes to Reach 100 Countries in a Year, Up From 6 Now Computerworld, which is already offering free Internet service in six countries, has ambitious plans to connect to 100 countries in the next year.

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26 February 2015

Only 40 percent of the global population has ever connected to the internet: report ZDNet, the Facebook-led initiative to foster global internet connectivity, published a report this week that shines light on the expansive gaps in connectivity around developing parts of the world.

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20 February 2015

Mark Zuckerberg Q&A: The Full Interview on Connecting the World Bloomberg

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has a big, expensive goal: to connect the world to the Internet. He spoke with Emily Chang about his plans, after returning from a trip through Southeast Asia and India last year as part of his initiative. The interview airs Feb. 19 on Bloomberg Television's Studio 1.0. The transcript below has been lightly edited.

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28 January 2015

Mobile banking will help the poor transform their lives by Bill and Melinda Gates Gates Notes

The Kenya Financial Diaries, a fascinating project documenting the financial lives of hundreds of Kenyans over the course of a year, tells countless stories of people who had to forgo medical care or take their children out of school for want of a few dollars.

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22 January 2015

Google Hopes to Take the Web Directly to Billions Lacking Access New York Times

Google has never shied from novelty or spending big to find ways to connect more people to the Internet. Over the last two years, its ideas have included fleets of little satellites, solar-powered drones that would fly around the world and balloons that float high into the stratosphere, beaming the Internet to those below.

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17 December 2014

The Problem With the Plan to Give Internet Access to the Whole World The Atlantic

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's coalition to bring the Internet to the entire world, a global project known as, was recently the subject of a lengthy Time magazine story by Lev Grossman.

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13 November 2014

Web statistics ignore 1bn users in developing countries, study shows The Guardian

Up to a billion people using the internet in developing countries are ignored by web statistics, which focus on US-based servers and ignore mobile-only users and shared devices, says a new study.

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07 November 2014

ITU commits to bringing 1.5 billion online by 2020 ZDNet

The United Nations' International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has committed to its plan of bringing a further 1.5 billion people online by 2020, as part of its 2014 Plenipotentiary Conference Connect 2020 Agenda resolution.

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02 October 2014

Offline and falling behind: Barriers to Internet adoption McKinsey

More than 60 percent of the world's population remains offline. Without removing crucial deterrents to Internet adoption, little will change -- and more than 4 billion people may be left behind.

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15 July 2014

Tech Scene in Myanmar Hinges on Cellphone Grid New York Times

Images of Steven P. Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg adorn the walls of Myo Myint Kyaw's creative digital agency. He says they inspire him. But he imagines neither man ever worked in an environment where Internet connections were so unreliable that a "file transfer" often involved delivering electronic documents across town by taxi.

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02 July 2014

Lack of affordable broadband creating 'digital divide' in Australia ABC News

As we become ever more reliant on the digital world for communications, information and commerce, a new divide is opening up between the haves and have nots.

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