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Hacking Wi-Fi Routers to Bring Voice and Data to Rural Communities

Hacking Wi-Fi Routers to Bring Voice and Data to Rural Communities | Internet Development | Scoop.it

"Village Telco developed the "Mesh Potato," a wi-fi router adapted to connect with other devices like it and distribute wi-fi over large areas at low cost...."

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Let's talk about (global development) failure | Devex

Let's talk about (global development) failure | Devex | Internet Development | Scoop.it
RT @DevexImpact: Did you miss last night's #failfest? Check out our recap: http://t.co/Z0u2txtB4N @FHI360 @PlanGlobal @TechChange @GlobalGi…
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I wish I had seen this earlier!  So many times projects do fail or partially fail and rather than use that to strengthen future work - teams are tossed out.  It really makes a difference when you can work through issues with partners.

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Kenya: Safaricom promotes fuel payments over M-Pesa | IT News Africa

Kenya: Safaricom promotes fuel payments over M-Pesa | IT News Africa | Internet Development | Scoop.it

19 December 2014 | According to Safaricom, over 134,000 motorists have already received free talk time on the Safaricom network for every purchase of fuel worth KES 500 or

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Check out this interesting way that Safaricom is encouraging motorists to use mobile money...

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ICT set to shape Africa's economic landscape in 2015 | Biztechafrica

ICT set to shape Africa's economic landscape in 2015 | Biztechafrica | Internet Development | Scoop.it

15 December 2015 | With public cloud in emerging African countries set to grow at a compound annual growth rate of up to 84% over the coming five years, the year 2015 heralds the beginning of a new era for ICT adoption across the continent, says IDC.

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Smart Africa alliance to raise $300bn for ICT infrastructure | Newtimes.co.rw

Smart Africa alliance to raise $300bn for ICT infrastructure | Newtimes.co.rw | Internet Development | Scoop.it
Rwanda and eight other nations comprising the Smart Africa Alliance Initiative have set a target to raise $300 billion by 2020 to deliver key ICT infrastructure with the objective of achieving total connectivity in Sub-Saharan Africa.
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'7 million voices' weigh in on future development agenda in UN survey | UN News Centre

'7 million voices' weigh in on future development agenda in UN survey | UN News Centre | Internet Development | Scoop.it

15 December 2014 | A special report detailing the global results of the “MY World” survey was launched at United Nations Headquarters on Friday in a special ceremony hosted by the UN Millennium Campaign and the Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Youth...

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Confession of an ICT4D advisor | International Rescue Committee Mobile

10 December 2014 | By: Rosa AkbariThe jig is up: I hate technology.I can’t tell you how many times I’ve cursed at an airline check-in kiosk because my battered passport won’t scan properly or the new "e-visa" system has frozen in the midst of processing my payment.

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This blog is worth a read.  Key point made about building "trust".  The human networks make the other networks happen. 

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40 maps that explain the internet | Vox

40 maps that explain the internet | Vox | Internet Development | Scoop.it
Where the internet came from, how it works, and how it's used by people around the world
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Surprise: Agriculture is doing more with IoT Innovation than most other industries | VB News

Surprise: Agriculture is doing more with IoT Innovation than most other industries | VB News | Internet Development | Scoop.it

7 December 2014 | Find out how Ag-tech is leading the way for the Internet of Things...

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Smart Governance: Where Technology and Democracy Meet | International Republican Institute (IRI)

Smart Governance: Where Technology and Democracy Meet | International Republican Institute (IRI) | Internet Development | Scoop.it

5 December 2014 | RT @IRIglobal Check out highlights from IRI’s Smart Governance Forum in #Medellin: http://t.co/T1T5VDOYNu #smartgov #ict4d #Colombia

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We have a "SMART Development" philosophy at the Internet Society - intersection of human, technical and governance infrastructures coming together.  Great to see this initiative with Colombia...

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Computer engineering is saving lives in rural Africa - video | The Guardian

Computer engineering is saving lives in rural Africa - video | The Guardian | Internet Development | Scoop.it

5 December 2014 | Arthur Zang's revolutionary Cardio Pad connects patients in desperate need of medical attention to cardiologists across mobile phone networks

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A Village Has What All of Italy Wants: The Internet | New York Times

A Village Has What All of Italy Wants: The Internet | New York Times | Internet Development | Scoop.it

2 December 2014 | Italy has one of the lowest rates of Internet usage in Europe, but a professor’s experiment is proving that wireless connection can make a difference in one hilltop village.

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The Demand Side of the Data Revolution: Lessons from the Government of Nepal | Development Gateway

The Demand Side of the Data Revolution: Lessons from the Government of Nepal | Development Gateway | Internet Development | Scoop.it
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Interesting report on how Governments are using Data for development.  Key for Govts to be on line and active!

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African Tech News Roundup: November | TheNextWeb.com

African Tech News Roundup: November | TheNextWeb.com | Internet Development | Scoop.it

1 December 2014 | The buzzword for the African tech scene this month was “access”, as in fact it has been for many months over the last year. How do operators and governments work…

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Debt data: how debt inflows differ among developing countries | World Bank

Debt data: how debt inflows differ among developing countries | World Bank | Internet Development | Scoop.it

19 December 2014 | The World Bank Group’s International Debt Statistics (IDS) 2015 was released today.

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Doing development differently | OUPblog (blog)

Doing development differently | OUPblog (blog) | Internet Development | Scoop.it


15 December 2014 | it is common that the pendulum of economic development scholarship and practice swings back and forth from one set of (faddish) ideas to another.

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Regional integration is the key to Africa's prosperity | BDlive

Regional integration is the key to Africa's prosperity | BDlive | Internet Development | Scoop.it

15 Dec. 2014 | African governments should create dedicated ministries of economic integration to implement trade agreements, write Dawn Nagar and Rosaline Daniel Nagar...

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Why Google Fiber missed the mark with free internet | Techrepublic

Why Google Fiber missed the mark with free internet | Techrepublic | Internet Development | Scoop.it

15 December 2014 | Many know Google Fiber for its gigabit internet, but did you know it offers a no-cost option for internet access? Here's how Google dropped the ball on its ideal of free internet access.

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Gabon businesses to pay tax online | Biztech Africa

Gabon businesses to pay tax online | Biztech Africa | Internet Development | Scoop.it

5 December 2014 | The payment of taxes in Gabon will no longer be done through a procedure of a huge stake of papers and stamps, and by moving from one office to another.

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Excellent way to move government - slowly - to Internet use.

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Donate Computers to Camara - Transforming Education | Camara.org

Donate Computers to Camara - Transforming Education | Camara.org | Internet Development | Scoop.it

10 Dec. 2014 | Interested in donating computers to Camara. Find your nearest recycling drop off point here.

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Wireless in Gaza: the young entrepreneurs beating the blockades | The Guardian

Wireless in Gaza: the young entrepreneurs beating the blockades | The Guardian | Internet Development | Scoop.it

8 December 2014 | Patrick Kingsley: With few goods, or people, allowed to cross the border, the pool of customers and employees in Gaza is small.

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Dispatches from Turkey: The Potential Power of Data Sharing | ACCESS Health International

Dispatches from Turkey: The Potential Power of Data Sharing | ACCESS Health International | Internet Development | Scoop.it

8 December 2014 | Various initiatives capture how the internet is supporting education and health services, enabling entrepreneurship, and facilitating citizens’ access to information.

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UN secretary-general says no plans to reduce sustainable development goals | The Guardian

UN secretary-general says no plans to reduce sustainable development goals | The Guardian | Internet Development | Scoop.it

4 December 2014 | In his report, Ban Ki-moon backs the 17 goals and 169 targets proposed by the UN working group, despite the difficulty member states may have in communicating them

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INFOGRAPHIC: Closing the Internet gap | euractiv

INFOGRAPHIC: Closing the Internet gap | euractiv | Internet Development | Scoop.it

4 December 2014 | The latest data shows that internet use continues to grow steadily, at 6.6% globally in 2014 (3.3% in developed countries, 8.7% in the developing world).

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Internet Use in the Middle East, North Africa Still Lags Far Behind | eMarketer

Internet Use in the Middle East, North Africa Still Lags Far Behind | eMarketer | Internet Development | Scoop.it

2 December 2014 | Cumulatively, the Middle East and North Africa region has an online population of about 39.2 million, according to research. However, internet penetration rates in many of these countries remain very depressed.

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Buy in to Latin America's online shopping spree | MoneyWeek

Buy in to Latin America's online shopping spree | MoneyWeek | Internet Development | Scoop.it

1 December 2014 | Latin Americans are increasingly shopping online. And as the number one player in the region, Mercadolibre is well-placed to profit, says James McKeigue.

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Internet growth growing fast as Latin America...one wonders if investment in distribution networks and hosting will push the margin more...

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