Digital Divide

13 January 2009

Execs see technology as economic equaliser CNET

Two of the tech industries biggest champions for using technology to eliminate poverty in the developing world took the stage at the Consumer Electronics Show here on Friday for the final keynotes of the conference.

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05 January 2009

Bringing Broadband to America's Urban Poor BusinessWeek

To make good on a pledge to prioritize high-speed Internet access, President-elect Obama must address inner cities, where many go without a connection

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17 December 2008

Millions of Britons left in slow lane as Virgin broadband shows up web divide The Times

It is the digital dream: an internet service fast enough to download a film in seconds. However, it remains an aspiration, rather than a reality, for millions of online customers as Britain becomes increasingly divided by access to broadband.

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16 December 2008

Nielsen Finds East/West Divide in Media Habits Reuters

The so-called digital divide between emerging and developed economies worldwide might not be that wide after all.

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08 December 2008

Poorer Nations Go Online on Cellphones Wall Street Journal

Using cellphones to surf the Internet is booming in emerging markets, showing how countries with poor fixed-line telecommunications have become important drivers of growth for mobile-technology companies.

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05 December 2008

Remote Australian Aborigines celebrate internet ABC News

Aboriginal dancers from Gumbalanya put down the spears used in traditional ceremonies in the Northern Territory today and replaced them with fibre optic cables.

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04 December 2008

Bridging the digital divide in Thailand Bangkok Post

Disabled people, prisoners, people with less opportunities and those in remote areas are learning to connect to modern society, using computers and the Internet just as others do.

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24 November 2008

Closing the UK's digital divisions BBC

With broadband available on a monthly basis for less than £10 and laptops being given away free with some packages, there seems little reason for people not to be online. But 17 million people in the UK are not and the digital divide is increasingly cutting people off both socially and financially.

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UN-backed conference aims to close gaping 'digital divide' in Asia-Pacific United Nations

Overcoming the "digital divide" between the poorest countries and developed economies in Asia and the Pacific is the focus of a two-day meeting organized by the United Nations regional office in Bangkok that kicked off today.

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22 November 2008

Asia Pacific Region's IT divide still wide Bangkok Post

Asia Pacific countries still have disparities in internet access despite rapid growth of mobile phone subscriptions, according to a study by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (Escap).

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19 November 2008

Ads seek to bolster distribution of laptops for Third World children International Herald Tribune

After a rocky beginning, the nonprofit group One Laptop Per Child thinks that an advertising campaign will give a lift to its effort to place low-cost laptops in the hands of children in developing nations.

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24 October 2008

uk: We own chunks of the banks, now what about broadband? The Guardian

For those of us passionate about reducing Britain's digital divide, these are the best and worst of times. The worst of times, we all know about: a gaping hole in the public accounts means little money available for good works that don't have immediate electoral appeal.

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19 October 2008

Broadband for all British homes considered by ministers The Times

Lord Carter, the new communications minister, is keen to introduce a legal right for every home to have broadband

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18 October 2008

Uganda's rural poor get internet IT News Africa

The spread of the Internet to Uganda's rural areas has sparked off excitement among residents giving them hope for future flourishing businesses through communication with the outside world.

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04 October 2008

Bridging Brazil's digital divide BBC

This week the BBC World Service's Digital Planet programme is in Brazil. Here the show investigates how the country's enthusiasm for technology is now reaching schoolchildren from all backgrounds.

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02 October 2008

US Congress OKs Greater Broadband Access Washington Post

Congress has passed legislation that will require the government to keep closer tabs on who has access to the Internet and who does not.

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26 September 2008

Brown promises internet access for all children The Guardian

The government will spend £300m so that the poorest families can connect to the internet at home

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25 September 2008

UK PM pledges internet access for all children The Independent

Parents are to receive vouchers worth up to £700 to ensure that all 1.4 million children growing up in homes without computers can have access to the internet, Gordon Brown will announce today. In his speech to the Labour conference, Mr Brown will trumpet the £300m scheme as evidence that the Government has not run out of steam and still has a radical agenda for the next 10 years.

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24 September 2008

Defiant Brown prepares to face down Labour rebels; address digital divide The Guardian

Gordon Brown will seek to end the corrosive speculation surrounding his premiership today with a speech in which he will promise to extend the welfare state, close the digital divide and steer Britain through the global fiscal turmoil.

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20 September 2008

GSMA Launches Renewable Energy Push For Mobile Networks GSM Association

The GSMA launched the Green Power for Mobile programme with the goal of helping the mobile industry use renewable energy sources, such as solar, wind, or sustainable biofuels*, to power 118,000 new and existing off-grid base stations in developing countries by 2012. Achieving that target would save up to 2.5 billion litres of diesel per annum and cut annual carbon emissions by up to 6.3 million tonnes.

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12 September 2008

Bridging the digital divide with mobile telephony CNN

Robert Conway is the CEO of the GSM Association, which comprises over 800 GSM mobile phone operators, manufacturers and suppliers from across the world. In countries such as India, efforts have led to reduced phone costs and basic services are offered at lower revenues. He participated in the Principal Voices debate in 2005 and talked about how technology impacted development across the world and the role mobile phone technology played. Three years on, CNN caught up with Robert Conway and asked whether there's been any shrinking of the digital divide.

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11 September 2008

ph: Mobile phones key to universal ICT access - NTC official GMA News

Mobile phones and their applications hold the key to reaching universal access to information and communications technology (ICT) in the [Philippines], not the Internet or broadband, an official of National Telecommunications Commission has said, pointing to the lack of fixed lines in rural areas.

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10 September 2008

Google backs $750m African internet project The Times

Google has teamed up with John Malone, the media billionaire, and HSBC on a venture that will offer internet access to three billion people in Africa and other emerging markets as the US search engine continues to expand its presence across the Web.

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05 September 2008

Removing road blocks on the information highway OECD Observer

Imagine an information highway that allows all citizens in the world to have unlimited access to unlimited content, from information to entertainment, from news to networking, in all technically possible formats.

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Widening broadband's reach OECD Observer

Many broadband users may find the wind has gone out of their sails, especially if they live in rural areas. What are the solutions?

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