Digital Divide

30 January 2011

Mobile services in poor countries: Clever services on cheap mobile phones make a powerful combination-especially in poor countries The Economist

Counterfeit drugs can make up around a quarter of all those sold in poor countries, according to some estimates. They provide a lucrative and lethal business, against which most consumers are powerless. "If your anti-malaria pill is made of any old white powder, you may not survive," says Bright Simons, one of the founders of mPedigree, an advocacy group from Ghana.

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18 January 2011

£98 PCs target UK digital divide BBC News

Low-cost computers are to be offered as part of a government scheme to encourage millions of people in the UK to get online for the first time.

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10 December 2010

Mobile 'revolution' eases Pacific isolation, poverty Sydney Morning Herald

From the rugged highlands of Papua New Guinea to the remote islands of Tonga, a telecommunications revolution in the Pacific is helping ease poverty and isolation in some of the world's poorest countries.

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30 November 2010

Mobile Banking in the Emerging World New York Times

In Tanzania, a hospital sends money by text message to women in remote areas so they can pay for bus fare to travel for critically needed surgery. In Afghanistan, the government pays its police officers by text message to skirt corrupt middlemen. In Pakistan, the biggest financial network is not a bank, but a unit of Telenor, the Norwegian mobile phone operator.

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29 November 2010

UN official stresses role of information technology for development at Lima forum United Nations

Information and communications technology (ICT) has a vital role to play in advancing economic development, a senior United Nations official told the opening of a regional conference in Lima, Peru, today.

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Asia-Pacific States agree to set up regional broadband connectivity framework: UN United Nations

In an effort to harness the rapid developments in mobile telecommunications services to enhance broadband access, countries in Asia and the Pacific agreed today at a United Nations-backed meeting to set up a framework for regional connectivity.

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20 October 2010

Faraway Australian kids in remote control The Australian

For the children of Yirrkala school, life in their remote community means less access than city kids to education technology.

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08 October 2010

Initiative aims to supply millions of mobiles to women BBC News

A woman living in sub-Saharan Africa is 23% less likely than a man to own a mobile phone, according to research.

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06 October 2010

Tablet PC for developing nations BBC News

The One Laptop Per Child organisation has been given a $5.6m (£3.5m) grant to develop a tablet version of its educational computer.

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24 September 2010

Internet said to speed development for poor nations Reuters

Internet technology drives economic growth and enables poor countries to develop at a faster pace than rich nations did, Cisco Chief Executive John Chambers, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey and other business leaders said on Thursday.

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19 September 2010

Mobile phones in tough places: Reaching the world's unconnected will require more adventurous carriers The Economist

When Digicel, a Jamaican mobile-phone company, first planned a wireless service in Papua New Guinea, obvious hurdles loomed. The electricity grid reached at most 17% of the country's 6m people. Roads barely extended beyond Port Moresby, the capital. Average incomes were just above $1,000 a year.

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16 September 2010

Tim Berners-Lee calls for free internet worldwide BBC News

The inventor of the Web has called for everyone to have access to his creation for free.

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11 September 2010

Looking to laptops to lead Doomadgee children in Australia out of poverty The Australian

... This week, the Australian arm of global not-for-profit organisation One Laptop Per Child, with longstanding support from The Australian, sent 120 laptops to Doomadgee, to be given to 120 children in grades 2, 4 and 5.

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06 September 2010

Mobile internet in emerging markets: How the mobile internet will transform the BRICI countries The Economist

Buying a mobile phone was the wisest $20 Ranvir Singh ever spent. Mr Singh, a farmer in the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, used to make appointments in person, in advance, to deliver fresh buffalo milk to his 40-odd neighbours. Now his customers just call when they want some. Mr Singh's income has risen by 25%, to 7,000 rupees ($149) a month. And he hears rumours of an even more bountiful technology. He has heard that "something on mobile phones" can tell him the current market price of his wheat. Mr Singh does not know that that "something" is the internet, because, like most Indians, he has never seen or used it. But the phone in his calloused hand hints at how hundreds of millions of people in emerging markets -- perhaps even billions -- will one day log on.

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03 September 2010

UN reveals global disparity in broadband access BBC News

The global disparity in fixed broadband access and cost has been revealed by UN figures.

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25 August 2010

Mobile-Phone Farming in India Wall Street Journal

Which pesticide will protect my crops? It's a question most farmers in insect-ridden rural India ask themselves or their neighbors. But it's also a question to which very few have the correct answer.

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21 June 2010

Business Deal to Put Africa On the Cloud MediaGlobal

The average American waits less than a second for Google to respond to a search query. In most of Africa, it takes three seconds to do the same thing. This two-second difference may not seem a drastic, but such a delay typifies the gap between Internet use in Africa and other parts of the world.

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06 June 2010

Road map set for global development of telecommunications and ICT; Hyderabad Action Plan agreed at ITU World Telecommunication Development Conference International Telecommunications Union

The Hyderabad Action Plan adopted today by the ITU World Telecommunication Development Conference outlined a road map to foster the global development of information and communication technology (ICT) networks and services over the next four year cycle. The roll out of next-generation networks (NGN) and increased access to broadband services, wireless technologies and the Internet were recognized as catalysts to achieve the broader development goals.

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UN rolls out action plan to expand global broadband access United Nations

The United Nations telecommunications agency's quadrennial development conference wrapped up today with participants adopting a plan of action to promote the global development of information and communication technology (ICT) networks and services.

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26 May 2010

ITU calls for broadband Internet access for half the world's population by 2015 International Telecommunications Union

ITU's World Telecommunication/ICT Development Report 2010 was launched today at the World Telecommunication Development Conference (WTDC-10), which is currently meeting in Hyderabad. The report provides a mid-term review of the progress made in creating a global information society by 2015, a commitment that governments agreed upon at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) which took place in Geneva in 2003 and in Tunis in 2005. Mobile technology leads to connectivity revolution

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30 April 2010

One Laptop per Child targets East Africa BBC News

The group behind the "$100 laptop" has signed a deal which it hopes will deliver low cost computers to every primary school child in East Africa.

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29 April 2010

Indonesian Govt Pledges to Address Inequality in internet Access Jakarta Globe

Addressing criticism that parts of the nation were being left behind by a growing information technology gap, the government on Wednesday vowed to provide cheaper and more widespread Internet access.

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13 April 2010

Without 'Real' Electricity, Forget ICT East African

The biggest enabler of ICT, outside of having the money to access the services offered, is the presence of a reliable electricity supply.

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01 April 2010

Joy as computer power comes to Yirrkala in Australia's ArnhemLand The Australian

The dream first took form eight years ago when an American scientist imagined a world where every child in every country had a laptop computer.

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28 March 2010

Rwanda's laptop revolution The Observer

Rwanda has a plan to prevent any return to the genocide of 1994: connect 100,000 children to the outside world with their own laptops

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