Report from Davos: Bridging the Digital Divide, by David Kirkpatrick
Tuesday, March 22, 2005
Corporate leaders, government officials, and researchers at the conference shared ideas on how technology can improve the lives of the world’s poor
Wiring developing countries-and its poorer citizens-has two virtues. First, since information is power, finding ways to get better information systems-think cellphones, PCs, PDAs, and yet-to-be-invented hybrids-to the world?s disenfranchised will give them greater political clout and financial opportunities. It?s the way to bring them into that global economic system that already so benefits those of us who can read this column via e-mail or on the web. This is a moral imperative.
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