Digital Divide

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.

Read full article

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.

Read full article

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.

Read full article

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.

Read full article

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.

Read full article

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.

Read full article

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.

Read full article

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.

Read full article

06 June 2014

Internet use on mobile phones in Africa predicted to increase 20-fold The Guardian

Africa's claim to be the "mobile continent" is even stronger than previously thought, with researchers predicting internet use on mobile phones will increase 20-fold in the next five years - double the rate of growth in the rest of the world.

Read full article

24 April 2014

'Mobile reading revolution' takes off in developing world The Guardian

Unesco is pointing to a "mobile reading revolution" in developing countries after a year-long study found that adults and children are increasingly reading multiple books and stories on their phones.

Read full article

21 April 2014

Is Apple trying to torpedo the market for affordable smartphones? Salon

In 2007, when Apple unveiled the iPhone, this recent college graduate was thrilled: The future had arrived and I was going to be a part of it. Unfortunately, once I saw the price, $702, the thrill of the future turned to the agony of my economic reality. While more affordable smartphones are available today, a costly new trial between Apple and Samsung may lead to an equally financially burdensome situation for many consumers stuck in the middle.

Read full article

11 April 2014

Somalia in high speed internet 'culture shock' BBC News

Some residents of Somalia's capital have been experiencing a form of "culture shock" since fibre optic services launched over the last week, an internet provider has told the BBC.

Read full article

10 March 2014

Chart: Internet Connectivity and Income Businessweek

Less than one-third of the population of developing nations has access to the Internet, according to the United Nations. A recent Pew Research report suggests Internet access in emerging and developing nations is associated with higher per capita income.

Read full article

11 January 2014

Internet access: Blessing or curse? by Jacques Sebisaho & Courtney E Martin Al Jazeera

For many of the world's 7 billion people, it would be hard to imagine a world without the Internet. In just a couple of decades, our lives have become so intertwined with the World Wide Web that it's difficult to remember a time when it wasn't part of our lives. For the youngest among us, the world simply hasn't existed without it.

Read full article

24 November 2013

UN launches first interactive information superhighway to help bridge digital divide United Nations

The United Nations launched today an interactive map of the information superhighway to show policy makers and investors the location of the missing links in the digital divide in the Asia-Pacific region.

Read full article

12 November 2013

Fewer than one in three Africans has a mobile phone Reuters

Fewer than one in three Africans has a mobile phone and recent rapid growth in subscribers will slow if governments don't improve access to spectrum and rein in taxes on the industry, a lobby group representing mobile networks said on Monday.

Read full article

08 October 2013

Google and Sir Tim Berners-Lee lead coalition for cheaper internet The Guardian

World Wide Web creator Tim Berners-Lee is leading a cross-industry coalition to bring cheaper internet to the developing world.

Read full article

30 September 2013

Visually Impaired Turn to Smartphones to See Their World New York Times

Luis Perez loves taking photographs. He shoots mostly on an iPhone, snapping gorgeous pictures of sunsets, vintage cars, old buildings and cute puppies. But when he arrives at a photo shoot, people are often startled when he pulls out a long white cane.

Read full article

27 September 2013

Developing Countries Surge in Mobile Broadband, U.N. Finds New York Times

Why are smartphone makers paying so much attention to developing countries? That is where the growth, and the potential for more of it, is concentrated. A new report from the United Nations Broadband Commission demonstrates this in considerable detail.

Read full article

23 August 2013

Mark Zuckerberg's push to expand Internet access has big hurdles Los Angeles Times

Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg's ambitious plan to provide Internet access to billions of people around the globe will face challenges that extend far beyond solving technical and financial issues.

Read full article

22 August 2013

Facebook's initiative aims to connect 'the next 5 billion people' The Guardian

Facebook may be reaching 1.15 billion people a month, but the social network has grander ambitions to connect many more people. The main barrier: whether they have internet access at all.

Read full article

21 August 2013

Facebook Leads an Effort to Lower Barriers to Internet Access New York Times

About one of every seven people in the world uses Facebook. Now, Mark Zuckerberg, its co-founder and chief executive, wants to make a play for the rest -- including the four billion or so who lack Internet access.

Read full article

10 August 2013

Bill Gates criticises Google's Project Loon initiative The Guardian

Google's Project Loon initiative wants to provide internet access for the developing world from a network of balloons floating in the stratosphere. Former Microsoft boss Bill Gates isn't keen on the idea.

Read full article

15 June 2013

Google to use balloons to provide free Internet access to remote or poor areas Washington Post

Google has a truly sky-high idea for connecting billions of people to the Internet -- 12 miles in the air to be exact -- through giant helium balloons circling the globe that are equipped to beam WiFi signals below.

Read full article

29 May 2013

Google to bring net access to Africa using blimps, masts and satellites The Guardian

Google is planning to develop high-speed wireless networks in sub-Saharan Africa with the help of high-altitude balloons that can transmit signals across hundreds of square kilometres.

Read full article

Registrar Solutions