Digital Divide

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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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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