Digital Divide

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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21 March 2010

Cost of African Telecoms, Internet to Go Down Daily News

The cost of international telecommunications and internet connectivity is expected to drop significantly next July, this year, after the East African sub marine cable system (EASSY) becomes available.

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Low Internet Usage the Bane of Africa's Digital Media Sunday Nation

Africa has the lowest number of internet users in the world, a problem that has prevented its inhabitants from enjoying the benefits of digital media.

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19 March 2010

Nigerian web first-timers long to be 'part of the world' BBC News

The world has become smaller. The connections established by e-mail and websites have significantly shortened the distances between people. We can live in London and shop in Johannesburg; we can be based in Brussels and run a business out of Bombay.

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05 February 2010

Bridging the Digital Divide Will Help Shield Africa From External Shocks Business Daily

Twelve months ago, the economic clouds were dark and prospects gloomy. As a result of the crisis at the epicentres of the global economy, demand for and prices of our exports, especially mineral products, were falling.

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Mobile phone the new driver of Kenya's Internet access Business Daily

Government services offered online and growing mobile phone access will be the key drivers of mass internet adoption in the country, say industry experts and a national survey.

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28 December 2009

Rwanda's laptop revolution - upgrading the children: A pioneering scheme to computerise a whole people The Economist

Tiny, landlocked Rwanda is sometimes touted as Africa's high-tech economy. It is still a bit early for that, however. Neighbouring Uganda produces far more computer-science graduates. Countries such as Nigeria and Kenya are even further ahead. South Africa is out of sight. But technology is the core of Rwanda's plan to transform its economy by 2020. The country seems ready to back its ambition with money and policies.

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16 November 2009

High-speed Internet gap between rich and poor widening, UN official warns United Nations

[news release] While the "digital divide" between rich and poor countries may be shrinking overall, the gap is widening between the developed and developing worlds in the availability of broadband or high-speed Internet, a crucial tool for achieving economic and social goals, a top United Nations official said today.

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01 November 2009

Opening a window of education: One Laptop per Child for Aboriginal Australia The Australian

It is Rangan Srikhanta's favourite party trick and it never fails to arouse gasps of astonishment from wide-eyed schoolchildren. Holding a green and white laptop computer in his hands, the Australian executive director of the charity One Laptop per Child flings the small machine across a room.

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24 October 2009

Developing countries must boost broadband: U.N. Reuters

Developing countries risk missing out on the benefits of information technology because of their lack of broadband infrastructure, a U.N. agency said, reports Reuters.

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23 October 2009

Africa calling: mobile phone usage sees record rise after huge investment The Guardian

Africans are buying mobile phones at a world record rate, with take-up soaring by 550% in five years, research shows.

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