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World Bank: Digital Divide Leaving Too Many Behind
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Broadway0474
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1/19/2016 | 11:02:18 PM
Re: It's a new age.... of tycoons, monopolists and oligarchs?
Pedro, it's interesting that you mention efforts to improve lives in developing economies through the use of cell and smart phones. But those wouldn't work without mobile and Internet access, right? So broadband and digital communication infrastructures are becoming increasingly more intertwined with an ability to provide those basics that you speak of.
PedroGonzales
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1/19/2016 | 6:05:27 PM
Re: It's a new age.... of tycoons, monopolists and oligarchs?
I do not think broadband or Internet access is a human right.  I think governments should focus on meeting the basics first, clean water, basic health services.  What is the point of having broadband access, if people can't afford or haven't met their basic needs.  I like approaches such as Kenya's efforts that use technology to support people daily challenges, such as sending money via a phone or extending wireless carriers for people in developing countries.
Broadway0474
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1/18/2016 | 11:42:58 PM
Re: It's a new age.... of tycoons, monopolists and oligarchs?
Pedro, do you believe that broadband is a human right? I don't say that in a facetitious manner. Like water, food, economic opportunity, safety and privacy, and individual liberties like freedom of religion and conscience, perhaps we should add the ability to connect with the world via the Internet to the list. And provide it through intergovernmental movement.
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1/16/2016 | 11:03:23 PM
Re: It's a new age.... of tycoons, monopolists and oligarchs?
I think the progress will be made via portable computers as well mainly smartphones. They are affordable enought that anyone can by.  I think mozilla and chinise manufatures like xiomi are making their smartphones affordable in the developing world.  I think that their biggest problems in many countries it their infrastrucutre becuase broadband connectivity still not dominant in many countries.  As the report points out the digital divide instead of decrease it has increase and made the gap between rich and poreer greater.  What can major computer companies do to decrease such gaps? the laptop per child effort was not enough to solve this problem.
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1/16/2016 | 4:03:58 PM
Re: It's a new age.... of tycoons, monopolists and oligarchs?
I've long believed that technology can help bridge that gap between the rich and the poor. The advent of really cheap smartphones that anyone can afford and use has always been promising. But it's clear this information from the World Bank shows there's still a lot of progress to be made. 
Broadway0474
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1/15/2016 | 11:48:26 PM
Re: It's a new age.... of tycoons, monopolists and oligarchs?
Charlie, we're already there. Big Tech has as much say probably now as Wall Street on DC policies, and if they don't, it's because they're still learning how to play the game in the Beltway. Intergovernmental orgnizations like the World Bank can call for whatever idealistic changes they want, and they might be able to influence governments, then businesses, in places like Europe. But no way this call for "winner takes less" flies in America.
Charlie Babcock
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1/15/2016 | 6:05:12 PM
It's a new age.... of tycoons, monopolists and oligarchs?
The unevenness of the distribution of benefits in the new digital economy is a growing theme in world affairs. The economic power of the titans of the emerging economy will be unprecedented because it's happening on a global scale. The NRA is accused of influencing the last election by spending $12 million on it. What might Apple accomplish with a fraction of its $200 billion in cash reserves? Are we headed for a new age of tycoons, monopolists and oligarchs throwing their weight around with their economic power, while touting the benefits of their 'innovations?' What's to prevent history from repeating itself?


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