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The digital divide and open source software

If the knowledge economy is the way forward for developing economies and Web 2.0 is bringing in an essential new paradigm for 21st century life, then those excluded from the Internet are deprived of opportunity. Groups in society with no access to internet and regions of the world with a low percentage of internet users suffer from the digital divide.

One initiative to alleviate this is the 'One Laptop per child' initiative. This uses a specially designed laptop designed to be cheap and using low power. It uses open source software which is free to keep cost down. Similarly, Kerala's ICT initiative is also based on open source software.

 

ICT, Economic Growth and Poverty Reduction
Essay by John Daly

One Laptop per child

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Kerala's ICT initiative

 

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