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Telecoms boom leaves rural Africa behind | Reuters

Telecoms boom leaves rural Africa behind | Reuters | Internet Development | Scoop.it

31 January 2013 | JOHANNESBURG/FREETOWN (Reuters) - While mobile phone usage has exploded across Africa over the last decade, transforming daily life and commerce for millions, it's a revolution that has left behind perhaps...


....There's great potential, but the big concern for us is operational costs," said Andre Claasson, chief operating officer at Zain South Sudan.

In rural Africa, the cost of running a network tower often exceeds the revenue it reaps. Fuel is typically about 40 percent of a tower's operating cost, and in remote areas companies burn more diesel by bringing fuel to towers than is used powering them.

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The unconnected senior citizens of Asia | Telenor

The unconnected senior citizens of Asia | Telenor | Internet Development | Scoop.it

21 May 2015 | Telenor Group believes that mobile internet is a catalyst for growth and that it should be accessible to everyone. Through our vision of “Internet for All” we are committed to building a digital future for all the people of Asia.

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How ICTs are Helping Nepalis Around the World Respond to the Earthquake | Techchange

How ICTs are Helping Nepalis Around the World Respond to the Earthquake | Techchange | Internet Development | Scoop.it

21 May 2015 | Photo credit: Lokesh TodiOn Saturday morning, I woke up to numerous messages on whatsapp and facebook from my friends in India asking me if my family was safe.

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The Internet in Cuba: Will the nascent Cuban startup community thrive? | laredcubana.blogspot.fr

The Internet in Cuba: Will the nascent Cuban startup community thrive? | laredcubana.blogspot.fr | Internet Development | Scoop.it

21 May 2015 | RT @larrypress: Will the nascent Cuban startup community thrive?
http://t.co/zXKb6eTNjO
#Cuba #startup #SiliconValley #ICT4D http://t.co/vK…;

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How many women have access to mobile in Bangladesh? The case of the missing numbers | Panoply Digital

How many women have access to mobile in Bangladesh? The case of the missing numbers | Panoply Digital | Internet Development | Scoop.it

20 May 2015 | How many #women have access to mobile in #Bangladesh? http://t.co/H5tKF8IRcB #M4D #ICT4D

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Mobile savings and credit: Riding the rails of mobile money | Mobile for Development

Mobile savings and credit: Riding the rails of mobile money | Mobile for Development | Internet Development | Scoop.it

21 May 2015 | Mobile savings and credit: Riding the rails of #MobileMoney http://t.co/kumHcn5Bwi via @gsmammu #mmu #ict4d #m4d

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Chinese Smartphone Makers Try to Make Inroads in India | Huffingtonpost

Chinese Smartphone Makers Try to Make Inroads in India | Huffingtonpost | Internet Development | Scoop.it

18 May 2015 | As domestic sales slow and the country’s economy cools, China turns to the much smaller but fast-growing market in India.

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Bangladesh's ICT Industry: A Boon for Women’s Employment | World Bank

Bangladesh's ICT Industry: A Boon for Women’s Employment | World Bank | Internet Development | Scoop.it

13 May 2015 | Bangladesh's Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry generates approximately $300 million in annual revenue. The potential is huge, but the country is yet to fully leverage ICT for development.

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Reverse innovation brings technology from developing nations to Canada | CBC.ca

Reverse innovation brings technology from developing nations to Canada | CBC.ca | Internet Development | Scoop.it

11 May 2015 | It may seem counterintuitive that rich countries want products developed for poorer nations, but healthcare innovations created for impoverished people in developing countries are boomeranging back to the nations that created them.

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Where Cellular Networks Don't Exist, People Are Building Their Own | WIRED

Where Cellular Networks Don't Exist, People Are Building Their Own | WIRED | Internet Development | Scoop.it

10 May 2015 | Without a network, a cell phone doesn’t really know how to do anything. And by and large, that network is provided—and, therefore, controlled—by a company that wants to make a profit off its subscribers.

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Cuba Technology Development: Cell Phones, Internet Remain Rare On Island | International Business Times

Cuba Technology Development: Cell Phones, Internet Remain Rare On Island | International Business Times | Internet Development | Scoop.it

10 May 2015 | In Cuba, people struggle with primitive infrastructure in frequently futile efforts to interact with one another and the rest of the world.

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Digital Principles | Digitalprinciples.org

Digital Principles | Digitalprinciples.org | Internet Development | Scoop.it

8 May 2015 | These Principles find their roots in the efforts of individuals, development organizations, and donors alike who have called for a more concerted effort by donors and implementing partners to institutionalize lessons learned in the use of...

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Tech in Africa: The past month's news in one place | The Next Web

Tech in Africa: The past month's news in one place | The Next Web | Internet Development | Scoop.it

6 May 2015 | The outbreak of xenophobic violence in South Africa gave technology the opportunity to prove its worth to society in April, a month that also saw a number of moves by…

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Malawi takes key step to advance digital payments and drive inclusive growth | Betterthancash.org

Malawi takes key step to advance digital payments and drive inclusive growth | Betterthancash.org | Internet Development | Scoop.it

6 May 2015 | RT @BetterThan_Cash: Our report on the state of #digitalpayments in #Malawi identifies 4 opportunities http://t.co/cmFvXeJNKg #ict4d

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Africa's Worst New Internet Censorship Law Could be Coming to South Africa | EFF

Africa's Worst New Internet Censorship Law Could be Coming to South Africa | EFF | Internet Development | Scoop.it

21 May 2015 | Only once in a while does an Internet censorship law or regulation come along that is so audacious in its scope, so misguided in its premises, and so poorly thought out in its execution, that you have to check your calendar to make sure April 1...

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ICTs have been proven to spur economic development.  With censorship are governments harming themselves, their citizens, access?

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Unleashing TV white spaces' potential to democratize ICT, reach the last mile | Devex

Unleashing TV white spaces' potential to democratize ICT, reach the last mile | Devex | Internet Development | Scoop.it

21 May 2015 | Unleashing TV white spaces' potential to democratize ICT, reach the last mile Devex The use of TV white spaces, which are unassigned frequencies that have a broader reach than that of conventional Wi-Fi, could democratize broadband access in...

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Founder of 'Latin America's eBay' | Financial Times

Founder of 'Latin America's eBay' | Financial Times | Internet Development | Scoop.it

19 May 2015 | Much has changed in ’s life since 1999, when he and a colleague set up what would become the eBay of Latin America.

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Reaching the unreachable through SMS health messages in Somalia | Oxfam GB | Policy & Practice

Reaching the unreachable through SMS health messages in Somalia  | Oxfam GB | Policy & Practice | Internet Development | Scoop.it

21 May 2015 | Prior to May 2013 Somalia had achieved polio free status. Then a case was identified in the Dadaab refugee camp (in Kenya near the border with Somalia), which triggered an 'explosive' polio outbreak.

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South African tech innovators chosen for BBC pilot | BBC News

South African tech innovators chosen for BBC pilot | BBC News | Internet Development | Scoop.it

18 May 2015 | South African tech innovators RLabs are selected to help the BBC reach young African audiences through social and digital platforms.

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Harnessing the power of ICTs to help amplify voices in the Philippines | Oxfam GB | Policy & Practice

Harnessing the power of ICTs to help amplify voices in the Philippines | Oxfam GB | Policy & Practice | Internet Development | Scoop.it

18 May 2015 | 'It's humbling and powerful to hear your own voice so quickly.' - Community feedback, the Philippines, February 2014 When an emergency strikes there is a fundamental need for information: who...

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How is Latin America contributing to the Internet standardization? | Internet Society

How is Latin America contributing to the Internet standardization? | Internet Society | Internet Development | Scoop.it
RT @usuariosdigital: How is Latin America contributing to the Internet standardization? | Internet Society http://t.co/mboZt4WBzH
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Check out this great blog about work on Internet standards in Latin America. 


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Cybercriminals find wonderland in developing countries | Opendemocracy.net

Cybercriminals find wonderland in developing countries | Opendemocracy.net | Internet Development | Scoop.it

10 May 2015 | With increased Internet access and smartphone use across Latin America, Asia and Africa, organized crime networks are exploiting vulnerabilities to extend their reach - sometimes with violent results.

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Morocco has over 10 million internet users | IT News Africa

Morocco has over 10 million internet users | IT News Africa | Internet Development | Scoop.it

8 May 2015 | Based on the percentage of individuals using the internet, Morocco is listed as one of the most connected countries in Africa. (Image source:

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Mapping Nepal: Disaster Response in the Digital Age | Redcrosschat.org

Mapping Nepal: Disaster Response in the Digital Age | Redcrosschat.org | Internet Development | Scoop.it

8 May 2015 | Red Cross and OpenStreetMap volunteers are now mapping areas in Nepal after the 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit on Saturday.

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April in Latin America: All the tech news you shouldn't miss from the past month | The Next Web

April in Latin America: All the tech news you shouldn't miss from the past month | The Next Web | Internet Development | Scoop.it

6 May 2015 | April was an eventful month in Latin America’s tech world. Not only did all major players make announcements, but startups and investors also kept busy. Here’s the news you don’t want…

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Technology Creates Job Opportunities | McKinsey


6 May 2015 | Can technology be used to expand job opportunities in developing countries? Technology is fundamentally reshaping how workers find jobs, how employers ...

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