QuickLinks - Digital divide
Issue no. 191 - 19 March 2001
- Bridging the Digital Divide
Online Chat 20 March 2001, 13.00 - 15.00 Brussels Time. Chairperson: Diana Wallis MEP. Open discussion: Our Expert Panel will answer your questions on "Bridging the Digital Divide". The panel will consist of representatives from: US Department of Commerce, Council of Europe, European Commission, PlaNet Finance, European Parliament.
- UK - £10m computer giveaway
Thousands of families will get free computers under a £10m scheme to boost education and job prospects. Almost 12,000 homes across England will take part in one of the biggest-ever social experiments, aimed at tackling the "digital divide".
Issue no. 190 - 12 March 2001
- New version of the Digital Divide Network
Several major features have been added, including the Digital Divide Database, a nationaldirectory of over 20,000 digital divide-related services around the US, including places where citizens can get free Internet access and IT training. The website includes a new search engine that will give access to archives of DDN's many news stories, feature articles, a calendar of divide-related events and relevant web resources. A new option allows individuals to become members ofthe Digital Divide Network.
Issue no. 189 - 5 March 2001
Issue no. 188 - 24 February 2001
- Bridges.org Launches Southern Africa Office
Bridges.org, an international non-profit organization dedicated to bridging the digital divide in developing nations, has expanded its mission in southern Africa by opening an office in Cape Town.
Issue no. 187 - 17 February 2001
Volume 2.2, 7 February 2001. Items include an review of the Sustainable Development Community Network, News, Conferences & Upcoming Events and Links.
Issue no. 184 - 20 January 2001
- Dubai worried about 'digital divide'
An Organisation for Economic and Co-operation Development electronic commerce conference in the Gulf Emirate of Dubai has been warned not to allow technological gaps between countries to grow out of control.
Issue no. 183 - 14 January 2001
- Brazil May Slash Computer Taxes
In an attempt to bridge the country's digital divide, the Brazilian Congress last week approved a bill that would ease the tax burden of technology companies so they could sell their products at a lower cost.
Issue no. 181 - 10 December 2000
- Asian Nations Clash Anew With U.S. Over Internet
(International Herald Tribune)
The clash between Asian countries and the United States over development of the Internet flared into the open again as a top Chinese official made a wide-ranging attack on America's dominance of cyberspace.
- India Seeks to Take the Internet to the Masses
Indian industrial leaders called for measures to take the Internet beyond the country's thriving information technology sector to rural areas and the illiterate.
- Net opens Kazakhstan to ideas
The people who gather regularly in the dingy Stalker Internet Cafe in a corner of Kazakhstan's largest city are fueling a revolution. Not a political revolution that might threaten Central Asian governments criticized for a lack of democracy, but a technological one that breaks down barriers to expansion of the Internet in this far-flung region.
Issue no. 180 - 3 December 2000
Issue no. 179 - 26 November 2000
News and resources on the digital divide.
- Das Internet vergrößert die Wissenskluft
: Das Internet spaltet die Gesellschaft: Die Kluft zwischen gut informierten Viellesern und passiven Medienverweigerern wächst mit dem neuen Medium schneller. Die neue Studie der Mainzer Stiftung Lesen über das Leseverhalten der Deutschen ist ein neuer Beleg für dieses Phänomen, das die Fachleute "Wissenskluft" nennen.
- Digital Nations and eDevelopment meetings
(Steve Cisler - First Monday)
At a time when the concept of nationhood is being questioned by political scientists, forecasting firms, online visionaries, and political dissidents, the Media Lab at MIT in Massachusetts held a kickoff event October 18, 2000, for a new program entitled Digital Nations.
- 'New Economy' leaves Africa in dust
Africa is still critically short of the basic infrastructure, technology, systems and computer skills required to support electronic commerce and "the new economy".
Issue no. 178 - 19 November 2000
- Africa finds no place in global 'new economy'
As the world economy takes off into cyberspace, Africa is in danger of missing the launch. Africa is still critically short of the basic infrastructure, technology, systems and computer skills required to support electronic commerce and "the new economy".
- APEC Promises Universal Net Access In Ten Years
Politicians representing the 21 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economies today put their names to a joint statement pledging Internet access for every person or community within the region by the year 2010. See also Clinton Warns APEC of 'Digital Divide' (International Herald Tribune).
- Developing countries pay heavily for lack of connectivity
Developing countries' lack of access to information technologies is partly responsible for their inability to adequately protect their intellectual property rights, including their traditional knowledge. WIPO plans to improve connectivity to the Internet of intellectual property rights offices of 65 developing countries.
- Net Sustenance
(The Industry Standard)
Third-world nations are getting online faster than Bill Gates thinks they are.
Issue no. 176 - 5 November 2000
Issue no. 175 - 29 October 2000
- Berkman Center, MIT Media Lab, and CID Join to Bridge Digital Divide
Co-sponsored by the Berkman Center, the MIT Media Laboratory and Harvard's Center for International Development, the October 19-20 "eDevelopment" conference brought together top researchers, practitioners, businesspeople, community leaders, and policy makers from around the world to develop possible solutions to the digital divide. see IDG and Wired.
- Gates rejects idea of e-utopia
Health care and literacy -- not computers -- are the most important ways to help the world's 4 billion poorest people, Microsoft chairman Bill Gates said.
- Profesionales debatirán en Barcelona sobre la 'Cara Humana de Internet'
Unos 600 profesionales de 25 países de todo el mundo debatirán en Barcelona sobre el acceso de los ciudadanos a Internet en el marco del primer Congreso Mundial de Redes Ciudadanas entre el 2 y el 5 de noviembre. see First Global Congress on Community Networking.
- USA - Blacks Go to Net for Information
Although blacks still lag in access to the Internet, a new study finds that those who are connected are more likely than whites to appreciate its value as an information tool.
Issue no. 174 - 21 October 2000
Issue no. 173 - 15 October 2000
Issue no. 171 - 1 October 2000
Issue no. 170 - 24 September 2000
Issue no. 169 - 16 September 2000
- Bridges.org - Newsletter Volume 1.2 published
This non-profit organisation was launched in December 1999 to address the growing international digital divide and to promote the application of information technology to address economic and social issues in developing countries and emerging economies.
Issue no. 165 - 22 July 2000
Issue no. 163 - 9 July 2000
- UN forum seeks to close technology gap
Wealthy nations face huge obstacles to spreading technology in a world where half the population does not have a telephone and four of every 10 African adults cannot read, a UN forum said.
Issue no. 162 - 2 July 2000
- OECD chief warns against creation of digital divide
Speaking at the Organisation for Economic Coordination and Development's (OECD) Forum 2000 in Paris, Ignazio Visco, chief economist at the OECD, has warned that the digital divide between information-rich countries and their technologically under-developed counterparts is set to widen.
Issue no. 161 - 25 June 2000
Issue no. 158 - 4 June 2000
- WEF fera des propositions contre l'inégalité numérique
Le World Economic Forum, organisateur chaque année des entretiens de Davos, remettra le 19 juillet au Premier ministre japonais les recommandations élaborées par le secteur privé pour lutter contre l'inégalité numérique ("digital divide"), un thème qui devrait figurer en bonne place sur l'agenda du Sommet des Huit à Okinawa.
Issue no. 151 - 8 April 2000
- Clinton Aims to Alleviate Digital Divide
President Clinton called for bridging the gap between computer haves and have-nots, saying it is time to harness the Internet's "truly explosive" potential for helping those in poverty.
Issue no. 150 - 2 April 2000
Issue no. 149 - 26 March 2000
- Study Finds Gaps in Internet Content
(New York Times)
The past year has seen no shortage of studies that try to describe, explain and propose fixes for the digital divide, the gulf that lies between those who have computers and access to the Internet and those who do not. Two recent additions -- from the Children's Partnership, a nonprofit organization based in Santa Monica, Calif., and from the Conference Board, a business research group in New York -- make valuable contributions to the growing canon.
Digital Divide Involves Content, Not Access
Issue no. 148 - 18 March 2000
Issue no. 147 - 11 March 2000
- UK - Blair's five-year internet pledge
Prime Minister Tony Blair has set out his strategy to tackle the threat of a "digital divide", with a pledge to get everyone in the UK online within five years.
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