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    the public radar in recent years under the onslaught of smart phones iPads other tablets and the bewildering and read full article In India Dynamism Wrestles With Dysfunction Thursday June 9 2011 With its shiny buildings and galloping economy Gurgaon is often portrayed as a symbol of a rising new India yet it also represents a riddle at the heart of India s rapid growth how can a new city become an international economic engine without basic public services How can a huge country flirt with double digit growth despite widespread corruption inefficiency and governmental dysfunction In Gurgaon and elsewhere in India the answer is that growth usually occurs despite the government rather than because of it India and China are often considered to be the world s rising economic powers yet if China s growth has been led by the state India s growth is often impeded by the state China s authoritarian leaders have built world class infrastructure India s infrastructure and bureaucracy are both considered woefully outdated read full article Broadband Stimulus Fuels Innovative Digital Divide Initiative in Washington DC Tuesday August 24 2010 Broadband adoption in Washington D C toes the line not party lines but rather the lines of the district s eight wards In well to do neighborhoods located in the northwest more than 90 percent of residents are connected to high speed Internet access according to a 2009 study by the district s technology office But to the southeast in poorer read full article Dialing for Answers Where Web Can t Reach Tuesday September 29 2009 The caller was frustrated A new pest was eating away at his just planted coffee crop and he wanted to know what to do Tyssa Muhima jotted down notes as the caller spoke and promised to call

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    no electricity where even availability of drinking water is a problem Take the Internet to them of course But how when there s not even a proper road to the village Why on motorcycles And if that doesn t work either try bicycles That s exactly what a Massachusetts based provider of simple low cost and easy to deploy telecommunication equipment United Villages Inc is doing these days to take information and communications services to over two hundred thousand rural residents around the world read full article Djurlands Net A Wireless Project Where Sharing Knowledge Not Technology Matters Most Wednesday February 20 2008 From Digital Communities www govtech com Jun 1 2007 By Indrajit Basu The fact that Djurslands net is considered one of the biggest if not the biggest non commercial rural wireless Internet network in the world is not its most notable feature Neither is the fact that it runs at about a third of the cost it takes to run a similar project in the urban areas Nor is the fact that it is run solely by volunteers in the several hundred villages across Djursland No by far the most interesting feature of this rural wireless project in Djursland a region in the middle of Denmark is its volunteers fierce passion to share their experience and knowledge They sincerely want to us good old Wi Fi to form more self help groups so that all the rural districts around the world can build their own wireless network and bridge the growing digital divide read full article Blacks Turn to Internet Highway and Digital Divide Starts to Close NY Times Mar 06 Wednesday February 20 2008 By Michel Marriot The New York Times March 31 2006 African Americans are steadily gaining access to and ease with the Internet signaling a remarkable closing of the digital divide that many experts had worried would be a crippling disadvantage in achieving success Civil rights leaders educators and national policy makers warned for years that the Internet was bypassing blacks and some Hispanics as whites and Asian Americans were rapidly increasing their use of it read full article What Are the Barriers to Digital Inclusion Gov Tech Nov 20 2006 Wednesday February 20 2008 By Sascha Meinrath November 20 2006 When do we recognize a shift in the fundamental social fabric of civilization Where do we look to find better exemplars of participatory democracy When do we realize that notions of justice have to expand to include a new ways of thinking about human rights How do we change our institutions to support a more just and equitable world These are the questions that thought leaders in the community and municipal wireless movement have been asking themselves more and more over the past few years Time and again those interviewed for this series pointed out that nobody benefits from digital exclusion yet in our society broadband services are inequitably distributed read full article E Mexico A National Project to Bridge the Digital

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    Subscribe Contacts Home Login Email Print Broadband Culture of Use Digital Inclusion Innovation Knowledge Workforce Sustainability Facts Figures Library Digital Inclusion Canada s Business Growth Will Be Driven by the Collaborative Economy Published Monday October 27 2014 There are more than seven billion people on the planet right now yet only 2 4 billion people with Internet access If we look closer to home we see just under 30 million

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    Digital Inclusion Fewer Cell Towers Are Shut Down in Afghanistan Minister Says Published Friday March 1 2013 by Frances Robinson The Wall St Journal Storms and weather damage systems failure squirrels chewing through fiber optic cables as happened at one British university in the 1990s there s no shortage of ways to disrupt systems But in Afghanistan there is another problem the Taliban shutting down cell masts in remote areas as reported by The Wall Street Journal nearly three years ago Happily this problem is in decline Afghanistan s minister of communication and information technology Amirzai Sangin said on the sidelines of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona It was a very serious problem for us three or four years ago because the Taliban believed they were being tracked through their mobile phones he says The government stuck to its position that networks shouldn t be closed and they reacted by exploding the towers attacking the towers burning the towers Mr Sangin recalls losing something like 300 towers during the period each valued at between 100 000 and 200 000 But he says the situation changed thanks to an information campaign about the real victims of the exploding mobile masts We adopted what I think was a very clever policy and that was to tell through the media that the Taliban by exploding a tower are not doing anything against foreign forces in Afghanistan or the Afghan government he says The losers are the people because in that tower there were maybe 10 000 mobile users With mountainous terrain remote tribal regions and according to Mr Sangin only 200 000 landlines in a country of 35 million mobile phones are the backbone of Afghanistan s communications Disrupting them hasn t gone away completely as Mr Sangin says Criminals also they

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    Workforce Sustainability Facts Figures Library Digital Inclusion Bridging The Gaps Best practices and ressources for building digital literacy with non English speaking communities Published Wednesday November 21 2012 by Main Street Project A report from the Main Street Project commissioned by the Blandin Foundation to support the work of the Minnesota Intelligent Rural Communities Coalition and Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act ICF is a partner with the Blandin Foundation in the MIRC project This report was developed to help identify ways to successfully bridge the gap in digital literacy in non English speaking communities Our goal was to identify strategies for digital inclusion in those communities and the resources of community organizations non profits government agencies and online sources to achieve that goal We begin by discussing the context of race culture and access Then we detail ten best practices to consider in implementing digital literacy training and programs including examples of organizations that have achieved some success Best practices were identified through an analysis of local and national resources and interviews with individuals and organizations that are developing and implementing digital literacy education or aspects of it Because it includes so many of the best practices

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    is so important said Julius Genachowski chairman of the commission adding that bridging the digital divide now also means giving parents and students the tools and know how to use technology for education and job skills training F C C officials and other policy makers say they still want to get computing devices into the hands of every American That gaps remains wide according to the commission about 65 percent of all Americans have broadband access at home but that figure is 40 percent in households with less than 20 000 in annual income Half of all Hispanics and 41 percent of African American homes lack broadband But access is not a panacea said Danah Boyd a senior researcher at Microsoft Not only does it not solve problems it mirrors and magnifies existing problems we ve been ignoring Like other researchers and policy makers Ms Boyd said the initial push to close the digital divide did not anticipate how computers would be used for entertainment We failed to account for this ahead of the curve she said A study published in 2010 by the Kaiser Family Foundation found that children and teenagers whose parents do not have a college degree spent 90 minutes more per day exposed to media than children from higher socioeconomic families In 1999 the difference was just 16 minutes The study found that children of parents who do not have a college degree spend 11 5 hours each day exposed to media from a variety of sources including television computer and other gadgets That is an increase of 4 hours and 40 minutes per day since 1999 Children of more educated parents generally understood as a proxy for higher socioeconomic status also largely use their devices for entertainment In families in which a parent has a college education or an advanced degree Kaiser found children use 10 hours of multimedia a day a 3 5 hour jump since 1999 Kaiser double counts time spent multitasking If a child spends an hour simultaneously watching TV and surfing the Internet the researchers counted two hours Despite the educational potential of computers the reality is that their use for education or meaningful content creation is minuscule compared to their use for pure entertainment said Vicky Rideout author of the decade long Kaiser study Instead of closing the achievement gap they re widening the time wasting gap Policy makers and researchers say the challenges are heightened for parents and children with fewer resources the very people who were supposed to be helped by closing the digital divide The concerns are brought to life in families like those of Markiy Cook a thoughtful 12 year old in Oakland who loves technology At home where money is tight his family has two laptops an Xbox 360 and a Nintendo Wii and he has his own phone He uses them mostly for Facebook YouTube texting and playing games He particularly likes playing them on the weekends I stay up all night until like

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    Broadband Culture of Use Digital Inclusion Innovation Knowledge Workforce Sustainability Facts Figures Library Digital Inclusion Digital Inclusion in the Broadband World Challenges for Australia Published Tuesday November 22 2011 7 00 am by Don Perlgut Now that Australia s much discussed National Broadband Network NBN is underway many people assume that it is just a matter of time before we are all fully connected The concept of digital divide has slipped from the public radar in recent years under the onslaught of smart phones iPads other tablets and the bewildering and growing collection of digital devices that will operate under the law of if it can be connected it probably will Those Australians most at risk of digital exclusion are poor Indigenous elderly disabled or living in rural or remote areas of Australia The publicity surrounding the development and construction of the NBN has created what I call the Kevin Costner effect named after the film Field of Dreams which Costner starred in 1 The famous tag line of that film is if you build it they will come However one problem caused by the NBN which is in fact a visionary piece of public infrastructure the envy of many

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    and space was limited and Mr Singh began pitching Gurgaon as an alternative It did have advantages it was close to the New Delhi airport and a Maruti Suzuki automobile plant had opened in the 1980s But Gurgaon still seemed remote and DLF needed a major company to take a risk to locate there The answer would be General Electric Mr Singh had become the company s India representative after befriending Jack Welch then the G E chairman When Mr Welch decided to outsource some business operations to India he eventually opened a G E office inside a corporate park in Gurgaon in 1997 When G E came in Mr Singh said others followed With other Indian cities also competing for outsourcing business DLF and other developers raced to capture the market with a helter skelter building spree Today Gurgaon has 30 million square feet of commercial space a tenfold increase from 2001 even surpassing the total in New Delhi If the buildings were not there Mr Singh said of multinational companies they would have gone somewhere else Ordinarily such a wild building boom would have had to hew to a local government master plan But Gurgaon did not yet have such a plan nor did it yet have a districtwide municipal government Instead Gurgaon was mostly under state control Developers built the infrastructure inside their projects while a state agency the Haryana Urban Development Authority or HUDA was supposed to build the infrastructure binding together the city And that is where the problems arose HUDA and other state agencies could not keep up with the pace of construction The absence of a local government had helped Gurgaon become a leader of India s growth boom But that absence had also created a dysfunctional city No one was planning at a macro level every developer pursued his own agenda as more islands sprouted and state agencies struggled to keep pace with growth We have to keep up said Nitin Kumar Yadav the local HUDA administrator That is our pressure Gurgaon had been marketed as Millennium City yet it had become an unmanageable city For companies that had come to India in search of business efficiencies the inefficiencies of Gurgaon presented a new challenge they would have to overcome on their own Self Contained Islands It is 8 p m on a recent Tuesday time for the shift change at Genpact a descendant of G E and one of Gurgaon s biggest outsourcing companies Two long rows of white sport utility vehicles vans and cars are waiting in the parking lot yellow emergency lights flickering in the early darkness as employees trickle out of call centers for their ride home These contracted vehicles represent Genpact s private fleet a necessity given the absence of a public transportation system in Gurgaon From computerized control rooms Genpact employees manage 350 private drivers who travel roughly 60 000 miles every day transporting 10 000 employees Employees book daily online reservations and receive e mail or text message tickets for their assigned car In the parking lot a large L E D screen is posted with rolling lists of cars and their assigned passengers And the cars are only the beginning Faced with regular power failures Genpact has backup diesel generators capable of producing enough electricity to run the complex for five days or enough electricity for about 2 000 Indian homes It has a sewage treatment plant and a post office which uses only private couriers since the local postal service is understaffed and unreliable It has a medical clinic with a private ambulance and more than 200 private security guards and five vehicles patrolling the region It has A T M s a cellphone kiosk a cafeteria and a gym It is a fully finished small city said Naveen Puri a Genpact administrator Actually it is a private island one of many inside Gurgaon The city s residential compounds especially the luxury developments along golf courses exist as similarly self contained entities Nearly every major outsourcing company in the city depends on private infrastructure as do the commercial towers filled with other companies We pretty much carry the entire weight of what you would expect many states to do said Pramod Bhasin who this spring stepped down as Genpact s chief executive The problem a very big problem is our public services are always lagging a few years behind but sometimes a decade behind Our planning processes sometimes exist only on paper For many years even Gurgaon s commercial centerpiece Cyber City was off the public grid They were not connected to any city service said Jyoti Sagar a lawyer and civic activist They were like a spaceship You had these shiny buildings and underneath you had a huge pit where everybody s waste was going Not all of the city s islands are affluent either Gurgaon has an estimated 200 000 migrant workers the so called floating population who work on construction sites or as domestic help Sheikh Hafizuddin 38 lives in a slum with a few hundred other migrants less than two miles from Cyber City No more than half the children in the slum attend school with the rest spending their days playing on the hard packed dirt of the settlement where pigs wallow in an open pit of sewage and garbage Mr Hafizuddin pays 30 a month for a tiny room His landlord runs a power line into the slum for electricity and draws water from a borehole on the property Sometimes it works Mr Hafizuddin said Sometimes it doesn t work Even at the fringes of Gurgaon s affluent areas large pools of black sewage water are easy to spot The water supply is vastly inadequate leaving private companies developers and residents dependent on borewells that are draining the underground aquifer Local activists say the water table is falling as much as 10 feet every year Meanwhile with Gurgaon s understaffed police force outmatched by such a rapidly

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