Digital Divide

27 August 2012

Innovation in Africa: Kenya's technology start-up scene is about to take off The Economist

Visitors to Kenya's capital are often horrified by the homicidal minibuses called matatu. They swerve around potholes, seldom signal and use their iffy brakes only at the last second. They are therefore an ideal subject for a video game, which is why Planet Rackus, a Nairobi start-up, released "Ma3Racer" last year. Each player uses his mobile phone to steer a matatu down the street. The (unrealistic) goal is to avoid pedestrians. Within a month, a quarter of a million people in 169 countries had downloaded the game.

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21 August 2012

Reining in internet will only widen global digital divide Bangkok Post

This year could be an important turning point in the history of the internet. A meeting scheduled for December will determine if the globally connected network of networks continues to be a source of robust economic growth, particularly in the developing world; or if a new, great digital divide will emerge, one that benefits wealthy European nations and begins to leave Southeast Asia behind.

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11 August 2012

India to trigger economic boom by giving mobiles to the poor Daily Telegraph [UK]

The Indian government is considering plans to give millions of mobile phones to its poorest families to help lift them from penury.

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04 July 2012

India's Internet population small, but powerful on social ZDNet

With barely 10 percent Internet penetration, India has managed to create consumer class that leverages prowess of social media to fight for its rights.

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25 June 2012

Rio 20 recognizes essential role of ICT and broadband networks as catalyst for sustainable development International Telcommunication Union

Rio 20, the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development has recognized in its outcome document the critical role of information and communication technologies in accelerating the implementation of sustainable development commitments.

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20 June 2012

Billions miss out on the internet, says Google's Eric Schmidt The Australian

Google's executive chairman Eric Schmidt has warned that vast numbers of the world's population are missing out on the advantages brought by the internet.

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21 May 2012

Broadband Commission releases first country case studies - Snapshot of state of broadband in four emerging economies spanning the Americas, Asia and Europe ITU

The Broadband Commission for Digital Development, in partnership with ITU, has today released its first country case studies looking in-depth at the state of broadband development in four economies and examining links between broadband and the UN Millennium Development Goals.

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18 May 2012

WAFICT: Bridging Digital Divide through Broadband This Day

Information and Communications (ICT) industry players, last week gathered in Lagos for the 2012 West Africa Information and Communications Technology (WAFICT) Congress to discuss policy objectives and strategies in bridging digital divide in West African countries, using broadband. Emma Okonji reports on the planned strategy to deepen broadband penetration.

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10 April 2012

2.5 Million Laptops Later, One Laptop Per Child Doesn't Improve Test Scores Mashable

At $200 per computer, One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) has sold or facilitated donations of about 2.5 million laptops to classrooms in 42 different countries.

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06 April 2012

Divide between tech-savvy countries widens Financial Times

A new digital divide is opening up between countries that make effective use of information and communications technology, and those that do not, argue the authors of a new report published Wednesday by Insead and the World Economic Forum.

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18 November 2011

Visa to Offer Mobile Payments in Developing Nations New York Times

Visa has been hard at work on a mobile digital wallet that it hopes to roll out early next year. But that's not the only mobile market the credit card company has its eye on.

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14 November 2011

Internet’s last-mile challenges in India by Osama Manzar Live Mint

The situation of Internet connectivity in India is like our roads. It is not about how much Internet is available in India, but the quality of its bandwidth

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13 November 2011

The Last Person by Thomas L. Friedman New York Times

There is a concept in telecommunications called "the last mile," that part of any phone system that is the most difficult to connect -- the part that goes from the main lines into people's homes. Prem Kalra, the director of the new Indian Institute of Technology in Rajasthan, one of the elite M.I.T.'s of India, has dedicated his school to overcoming a different challenge: connecting "the last person."

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10 November 2011

The mobile revolution: how smartphones are putting Sudan at the centre of the world Daily Telegraph [UK]

Last week, I received an email about a problem my company was having with our online shop. I happened to be out of the office, so I pulled out my laptop, plugged in a 3G mobile broadband dongle, and went online to try and fix it - something countless workers and commuters do every day. The difference was that I was standing in a field near Atbara in North Sudan, while villagers were making mud bricks a few meters away.

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03 October 2011

Hailing the Google bus in India The Economist

Like the travelling fairs that still roam India, a snazzy white bus trundles along the subcontinent's B-roads, stopping in small towns for a few days at a time and inviting locals into another world. But in place of tightrope-walking girls and performing monkeys, its main attraction is access to the internet. For some visitors, it is their first time online.

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Internet divide grips Europe's crisis-riven south: Report EurActiv

Northern European countries are reaping more than twice the benefits than their crisis-riven southern counterparts from the internet as a contributor to their net GDP, according to a new survey.

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01 October 2011

Poor nations urged to tap Web fast for growth Reuters

With online business increasingly driving economic growth, developing nations' top priority should be the infrastructure their citizens need to get connected, delegates at an Internet conference in Nairobi said this week.

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28 August 2011

africa.slow: The last continent without fast, easy and cheap internet access The Economist

Sierra Leone's single largest link to the internet sits on a ridge in the west of the capital, Freetown. Behind a red wall topped with razor wire several satellite dishes point skyward. The surrounding district is called Wilberforce, after the 18th-century British politician who campaigned against the slave trade. However, the digital connection maintained by Airtel, a mobile-phone company, is not free: it costs $89,000 a month.

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22 August 2011

OLPC laptops promise a future in Doomadgee The Australian

Small, cheap, neon-green computers with perky "dingo ears" are helping to boost attendance, literacy and numeracy levels in one of Australia's most remote schools.

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07 August 2011

Millions of poor people will have mobile phone numbers under UN-backed scheme United Nations

Three million poor people in Africa and South Asia, the majority of them women, will gain access to low-cost mobile phone numbers as part of technology firm Movirtu's partnership with the United Nations-backed initiative that enlists the private sector in efforts to fight poverty.

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05 August 2011

Facebook Comes Before Tap Water as India's Poor Get Smartphones Bloomberg

In a two-room shanty with no running water in northern Mumbai, Darshana Verma makes tea on a small stove. On a bench nearby, her 18-year-old son, Vishal, messages Facebook friends on the keypad of his Nokia smartphone.

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13 June 2011

Bringing broadband to the world's poorest communities International Telecommunication Union

Governments around the world need to rapidly formulate and implement national multi-sectoral broadband plans - or risk being seriously disadvantaged in today's increasingly high-speed digital environment, according to a new report released today by the Broadband Commission for Digital Development at its third meeting, held at UNESCO headquarters in Paris.

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UN report shows broadband potential for economic and social development United Nations

Broadband telecommunications have the potential to spur rapid economic growth and facilitate job creation, according to a United Nations reported unveiled today, which urges countries to implement national broadband plans or risk losing the benefits of the global high-speed digital communications.

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18 May 2011

UN chief underlines the role of information technologies in accelerating development, for rural people United Nations

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today underlined the role of information and communications technologies (ICTs) in accelerating socio-economic development, highlighting their potential to enable the delivery of basic social services to even the remotest areas of the world.

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16 May 2011

‘Mobile miracle’ continues to transform lives in the world’s poorest nations but those living in LDCs are still mostly offline International Telecommunications Union

People living in the poorest countries in the world are benefiting from a 'mobile cellular miracle' which has seen access to voice and simple data connectivity rise from an LDC average of 1.2% of the population to almost 30% in just ten years, according to figures released by ITU at the LDC IV conference this week.

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