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    unique in scope the district has assembled a three pronged strategy that addresses the major challenges of providing and sustaining universal broadband to citizens cost public education and access to technology All three obstacles are being addressed with separate stimulus grants awarded by the federal government I think we may be the only institution in the U S to get three grants from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration Sivak said In fact he said the city couldn t undertake such a holistic approach without stimulus money Last week Sivak and Mayor Adrian Fenty announced the newest award A 4 2 million grant from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration coupled with 1 5 million in matching funds will be put toward an Internet and computer skills education program offered at Washington D C s public libraries and community college campuses The program will target underserved individuals including low income residents seniors and residents who speak English as a second language The six month classes called DC Broadband Education Training and Adoption DC BETA may start as soon as October and will continue for two years Washington D C hopes to train a total of 3 400 residents Sivak said After graduating participants will receive a free computer tech support and six months of free Internet access The district will then measure the number of residents who continue to subscribe to and use broadband beyond the six month free access period Sivak believes this survey will provide an accurate tally of the project s true effectiveness in boosting broadband adoption The hope is the class goers will learn that using broadband is essential to their economic future Beyond this education component two other grants awarded earlier by the NTIA address the cost and public availability of broadband A 17 4

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    not bring the information to them in a way that s most convenient and useful to them said Ms Shuman who is based in Santa Monica Calif Instead of searching for information themselves people in two rural agricultural communities in Uganda can turn to 40 Question Box workers who have cellphones The workers dial into the call center and ask questions on behalf of the locals or they put the call on speakerphone so the locals can ask for themselves The operators then look up the requested information in a database and convey it to the workers who pass it along to the villagers The workers are compensated with cellphone airtime The service is a joint effort of Open Mind a nonprofit group founded by Ms Shuman and the Grameen Foundation which is best known for promoting small loans for the poor It has received financial backing from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation The Question Box service was first introduced in remote villages in India two years ago and it came to Uganda in April The Ugandan version takes advantage of the explosive popularity of cellphones in Africa Cellphone use has more than tripled in the last few years and nearly 300 million Africans now have cellphones Where rural villages were once cut off and isolated from urban centers cellphones now offer a lifeline providing access to banking news and business opportunities That is a big technological advance but for most Africans Internet access is still too costly and slow Question Box was conceived as a way of overcoming both the expense and the scarcity of Internet connections Eventually Question Box will allow farmers and others to use the hot line with their own cellphones or through text messages In June Google introduced a similar effort in Uganda also involving the Grameen Foundation that allows people to find information on topics like health and agriculture via text messaging Nathan Eagle a fellow at the Santa Fe Institute in New Mexico who has done research on cellphones and development in Africa said that while services like these can be helpful they must be responsive to the needs of their users We can t sit in our offices in America and decide what is useful to people and what is meaningful in their lives said Mr Eagle who also runs a cellphone based business in Kenya The services only add value if they are open ended Ms Shuman said this was the aim of Question Box The service she said is first and foremost a tool for economic development Uganda s agricultural sector employs over 80 percent of the country s work force and receiving timely information about crop prices or the most current planting techniques is crucial In this way we are helping farmers make decisions regarding where to sell what to plant and how to best take care for their crops Ms Shuman said It s all about giving communities the ability to help themselves Not all of the

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    of poverty remained a leftist idea Michael Harrington used it throughout his hugely influential 1962 book The Other America which laid the foundation for President Johnson s War on Poverty But Lewis soon lost control of the concept With the publication of Daniel Patrick Moynihan s 1965 report The Negro Family the culture of poverty became a shorthand for black ghetto culture a defect of the poor Then Edward Banfield a conservative political scientist introduced the notion that the culture of poverty was immutable his 1970 book The Unheavenly City attacked the key assumption of the War on Poverty the idea that government can help Banfield argued that poverty was a product of the poor s lack of future orientation and that nothing government could feasibly do would change that orientation or stop parents from transmitting it to their children Banfield s book is widely seen as retrograde today but he still seems to own the culture of poverty Lewis had used the phrase to describe habits acquired in response to structural factors the standard left wing argument that people are poor because of low wages discrimination and bad schools But the phrase has essentially become shorthand for the right wing argument that poverty stems from the limitations of the poor and is largely impervious to outside intervention Persistent poverty has retreated from the political debate in the United States But outside the headlines there has been a gentle evolution in thinking about the causes and cures for poverty one that moves away from blaming capitalism and blaming the poor alike Today the most interesting development in that evolution one with implications for fighting poverty around the world including in the United States is coming once again from Mexico this time from the grandchildren of the children of Sánchez WE

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    borrowers it also well understood the economic needs of the rural population Meanwhile although Quadir has sold off his interests in this venture two years ago and Grameen Phone is now a part of the Grameen Bank which holds 38 stake in the company the balance is held by Telenor Norwegian telecom company GrameenPhone today is the largest mobile telephony operator in Bangladesh The company has a market share of over 60 with a network that covers more than 95 of the country s population up from around 50 two years earlier Building a Community According to Erik Aas the current CEO Grameen Phone is unique instance of how a joint venture between two partners with completely opposite business objectives can work together to achieve the dual purpose of receiving an economic return on its investments and at the same time build a community that can contribute to the economic development of the country While Grameen Telecom a subsidiary of Grameen Bank that owns 38 stake in Grameen Phone is a not for profit organization Telenor the majority shareholder seeks mainly profits Much of Grameen Phone s success is due to its ability to adapt to the needs of its customers says the company spokesperson It has implemented customer driven innovations that meet the specific needs of low income segments The concept has an unusual business model too For instance like all phone companies it sells mobile connections to urban areas or cities where the subscribers are rich enough to buy their own mobile phones But in rural areas Grameen Phone provides the service by creating micro enterprises that can both generate individual income and provide whole villages with connectivity Simply put the Grameen Bank provides the finance to local entrepreneurs to own a handset and a connection In turn these entrepreneurs take it to whoever wants to make a call Call rates are generally twice the rate charged by Grameen Phone in the urban area But still on an average about 70 customers use each phone a month which officials say is enough to generate the required cash flow even in poor villages for the hand set owners to make regular loan payments and turn a small profit Just like the Nobel prize winning concept created by Muhammad Yunus the founder of Grameen Bank the Grameen Phone model today is replicated elsewhere in the world said the company spokesperson as the company provides an opportunity to about 2 50 000 local entrepreneurs to distribute this service in villages Last year Yunus won the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to create economic and social development from below In February 2000 the company s Village Phone initiative also won the GSM in the Community award at the GSM World Congress held in Cannes France for proving its immense potential in boosting income of poor households in rural areas promoting health care development of agri business and in the social empowerment of rural women Bridging the Digital Divide Although providing telecommunications

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    City in India 10 Times Bigger than Itself Thursday January 8 2015 The state of Andhra Pradesh in India is set to smarten up with Singapore enlisted to help create its new IT focused capital city Having split in two recently Andhra Predesh lost its capital to the newly established Telangana Under the agreement Andhra Predesh was given a decade and 13 5bn to build a new one Read the full story at read full article Need for Speed An Alberta Town Becomes an Unlikely Internet Innovator Saturday December 20 2014 IN THE HEART of agricultural Alberta about ninety kilometres north of Calgary there is a place where people have access to Internet speeds of one gigabit per second making downloads about forty times faster and uploads 170 times faster than those of the average Canadian Here with the Rocky Mountains looming to the west and hills of Canada Prairie read full article More Than Just Windmills and Tulips The Netherlands is the Digital Gateway to Europe Thursday December 11 2014 What are the first things that come to mind when you think of The Netherlands Windmills Tulips Quaint houses surrounded by canals Yes certainly all of those stereotypical icons are true but the Netherlands Foreign Investment Agency NFIA would like for another impression to pop into your head The Netherlands as the Digital Gateway to Europe Read read full article Global Cities of the Future 2014 15 The Winners Monday December 8 2014 Singapore has claimed the title as fDi s Global City of the Future 2014 15 with London and Hong Kong in second and third place respectively We present an analysis of the leading cities and other up and comers in the inaugural rankings Read the full article here read full article Global Cities of the Future

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    maker that grew into a global phenomenon and attracted a host of high tech companies in its wake Eindhoven Holland gave birth to Philips one of the largest electronics firms in the world Founded in 1891 Philips is credited with read full article These 12 Technologies Will Drive our Economic Future Tuesday May 28 2013 Most of the writing you see about the economy speaks to narrow questions What will growth be this year When will the unemployment rate get back to normal And so on But the things that will determine standards of living a generation from now have almost nothing to do with this month s jobs report or the Federal Reserve s latest policy read full article Robot Makers Spread Global Gospel of Automation Thursday January 24 2013 The robot equipment industry has one word for the alarmist articles and television news programs that predict a robot is about to steal your job Fiddlesticks Well that wasn t actually the word used this week at the Automate 2013 trade show held here through Thursday but the sentiment was the same During a presentation on Monday Henrik I read full article Has the Ideas Machine Broken Down Sunday January 13 2013 Boom times are back in Silicon Valley Office parks along Highway 101 are once again adorned with the insignia of hopeful start ups Rents are soaring as is the demand for fancy vacation homes in resort towns like Lake Tahoe a sign of fortunes being amassed The Bay Area was the birthplace of the semiconductor industry and the computer and internet read full article Cisco Helps to Build the Social Safe and Healthy City of Eindhoven Monday December 10 2012 Cisco and various partners will come together in Eindhoven the Netherlands to sign a declaration of intent

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    Calendar Publications Brain Gain Seizing Our Destiny BroadbandEconomies Future Cities Books White Papers About ICF Global Thought Leaders How ICF Helps Partners Support Support the Forum ICF Supporters Subscribe Contacts Home Login Email Print Broadband Culture of Use Digital Inclusion Innovation Knowledge Workforce Sustainability Facts Figures Library Innovation About Us Free Online Toolbox for Businessess Published Tuesday March 17 2015 Whanganui New Zealand the country s only Intelligent Community has

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    ICF Global Thought Leaders How ICF Helps Partners Support Support the Forum ICF Supporters Subscribe Contacts Home Login Email Print Broadband Culture of Use Digital Inclusion Innovation Knowledge Workforce Sustainability Facts Figures Library Innovation US President Obama Announces New City Tech Initiative Published Wednesday March 11 2015 President Barack Obama has unveiled a new urban job initiative at the National League of Cities NLC Congressional City Conference in Washington and

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