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Posted by: Demetrius Petr
February 19, 2012
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i dont think digital divide will cease to exist….. As kevin said Access and baseline is improving however this is not the end of the digital divide.

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Posted by: Steve Hamm
December 22, 2011
6:57 pm

Typical IBM smart people who don’t understand the fundamental economic issues regarding the digital divide in the U.S. and in emerging markets. I’ve been hearing about how the next new thing from Silicon Valley will end the digital divide for more than a decade. The basic technology to put a cheap device with cheap connectivity into the hands of everyone on the planet has existed for years. But the whole tech sector – from manufacturers to developers to carriers isn’t interested in connecting everyone on the planet. They are interested in making a profit, which means their target market isn’t everyone: It’s middle-income consumers & businesses in the developed world. That means people at the bottom will be left behind as the sector manufactures cooler devices running sexier apps over fatter pipes.

Posted by: John Hoffman
December 22, 2011
10:21 am

Access and baseline is improving dramatically, but surely not the end of the digital divide. 20% of the worlds population having no access at all. 80% have access via mobile, but some of them have superfast broadband highways while others having just a bike path at mobile speeds. With the likelyhood of education, health and jobs being delivered over the internet, speed differences become very significant. Too soon to call our work finished.

Posted by: Kevin Moss
December 19, 2011
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I don’t believe there is a technical fix to the digital divide.

My wife just got a call from the young woman she mentors. “Budgeting doesn’t help if don’t have anything.” She’s talking about subway fare, food, and a stable place to live. This is in one of the richest cities in the world. How does she get online?

Posted by: Josh Rubin
December 19, 2011
2:55 pm

@Ian and Mark

I don’t think you’re thinking creatively. It would only take SMS (and a bit of organization) for someone to find out when a doctor is coming to town. And only 1 person needs that technology to tell everyone else.

Also just because US rates are high doesn’t mean that they will remain high, or that Americans are paying the true cost of internet.

Posted by: Fraser
December 19, 2011
11:03 am

people need education first esp in remote villages to know how to use a smart phone…the basic phone is already in use and i dnt think the facilities like the doctor visits, weather forecast and trade details are given… for that basic infra structure is to be in place to make a high tech advance in villages and towns.

Posted by: tan
December 19, 2011
12:32 am

This requires the leap of logic that a ‘mobile device’ equates to an internet enabled smartphone. Impossible. Many (most?) cellphones today are for voice and perhaps SMS only. The difference is as big as having TV vs having the Internet. With US monthly rates exceeding $50 for even basic smartphone plans, the divide will still be evident in the United States, much less rural India and other impoverished parts of the world.

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February 14, 2012
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December 21, 2011
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