Digital Divide

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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25 May 2013

Google to Fund, Develop Wireless Networks in Emerging Markets Wall Street Journal

Google Inc. is deep into a multipronged effort to build and help run wireless networks in emerging markets as part of a plan to connect a billion or more new people to the Internet.

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11 May 2013

New Study from Internet Society and Analysys Mason Examines Factors Hindering Development of Internet Access in Africa ISOC

The Internet Society today published a new study, 'Lifting barriers to Internet development in Africa: suggestions for improving connectivity,' which examines the factors hindering Internet development in Africa and explores possible remedies.

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03 March 2013

Demand for Internet and mobile services rising due to lower prices – UN report United Nations

There will soon be as many mobile cellular subscriptions as the 7 billion people inhabiting the planet, according to figures released today by the United Nations, which show that strong sustained demand for information and communication technology services is being encouraged by falling prices for broadband Internet.

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17 January 2013

Mobile phones may not solve health challenges in poor countries The Guardian

Two reviews have found little evidence that mobile phone technology is having a great impact on managing disease

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09 December 2012

At key technology conference, Secretary-General warns of 'digital divide' in internet age United Nations

The management of information and communication technology should be "transparent, democratic, and inclusive," Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said of a major meeting organised by the United Nations International Telecommunication Union.

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10 November 2012

Advancing Internet access in developing countries can help achieve sustainable economies - UN official United Nations

Helping developing countries build their citizens' access to the Internet is akin to giving them a tool that boosts their chances of achieving sustainable economic growth, a senior United Nations official told a global meeting on Internet governance today.

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07 November 2012

Over two billion people now connected to Internet but digital divide remains wide - UN United Nations

While citing the rapid development and growth of the Internet, a top United Nations official today urged greater efforts to bridge the ongoing digital divide and ensure that everyone around the world can harness its benefits.

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15 September 2012

The Mobile Browser Dominates in Emerging Markets All Things D

There are seven billion people in this world and only 1.2 billion computers -- but close to six billion cellphones. That makes the commercialization ability and growth potential for the mobile Internet massively greater than that of the PC-based Internet. China, the world's biggest Internet market, recently surpassed the U.S. in smartphone activation, and the mobile browser is once again coming to the forefront. Here's why.

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