Internet revolution reaches India’s poor

Manohar Lakshmipathi does not own a computer. In fact, workmen like Manohar, a house painter, are usually forbidden to touch clients’ computers on the job here.So you can imagine Manohar’s wonder as he sat dictating his date of birth, phone number and work history to a secretary who entered them into a computer. Afterward, a man took his photo. Then, with a click of a mouse, Manohar’s very own social-networking page popped onto the World Wide Web, the newest profile on, an Indian start-up aiming to bring the Facebook/MySpace revolution to the world’s poor, is just one example of an unanticipated byproduct of the outsourcing boom: Entrepreneurs and large multinationals are making India a hub of computer innovation targeting the poor.

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