Digital Divide

30 January 2016

India, Egypt say no thanks to free Internet from Facebook Washington Post

Connecting people to the Internet is not easy in this impoverished farming district of wheat and millet fields, where working camels can be glimpsed along roads that curve through the low-slung Aravalli Hills.

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18 January 2016

The internet - not an equaliser BBC News

Here's the story about the global impact of the internet. In the last 20 years, the digital revolution and its leapfrog technologies have allowed developing countries to close the gap with richer nations, and have brought huge advances in health, education and transparent government.

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14 January 2016

Internet Yields Uneven Dividends and May Widen Inequality, Report Says New York Times

Can the Internet save the world? In some places, it has helped curb corruption, encouraged more girls to go to school and enabled citizens to monitor election violence.

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15 December 2015

With high-level forum, UN Assembly aims to narrow digital divide, harness power of information technology United Nations

Ten years after the United Nations World Summit on the Information Society, delegates from Member States and observer entities are meeting at UN Headquarters starting tomorrow to identify emerging trends, fresh priorities and innovations for advancing information and communications technologies.

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07 December 2015

Google launches wi-fi network in Kampala, Uganda BBC News

Google has launched its first wi-fi network in Uganda's capital Kampala, as part of a project to broaden access to affordable high-speed internet.

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29 October 2015

Alphabet, Indonesian companies to expand Web access via balloons Reuters

Alphabet Inc, the new holding company for Google, has teamed up with three Indonesian telecommunications companies to expand Internet access in that country using solar-powered balloons.

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26 October 2015

Facebook's Internet for All Is a Tough Sell in India New York Times

If Mark Zuckerberg hopes to deliver on his vision of bringing the Internet to the four billion people who lack it, the Facebook chief will first need to make his plan more appealing to salesmen like Shoaib Khan.

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22 October 2015

Poor urban women in developing world use Internet less than men, lack skills, cash - survey Reuters

Poor women in cities in developing countries are 50 percent less likely than poor men to use the Internet, and blame the high cost and their lack of skills for the gap, researchers said on Wednesday.

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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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