Digital Divide

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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12 April 2011

Address the US Digital Divide in the Cost of Wireless Huffington Post

Too often, broadband policy is talked about in terms of "access" to providers, as if making a broadband option available is enough. But in a speech at the Free Press conference, FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn made it clear the issue has to include cost as well:

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11 April 2011

UN forms partnership to train women on computer use to boost livelihoods United Nations

The United Nations telecommunications agency today partnered with a Philippines-based non-governmental organization (NGO) to train a million women worldwide to use computers and other information and communications technology (ICT) applications to improve their livelihoods.

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30 March 2011

India's 'digital divide' worst among BRICs: study The Age

India is trailing its so-called BRIC colleagues Brazil, Russia and China in bridging the "digital divide" as a large number of its population has no Internet access, a report said Wednesday.

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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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