Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Bridging the digital divide in developing nations

Technology meets poverty and lack of infrastructure

The digital divide between rich and poor countries is narrowing as mobile phones and Internet use become more available, but the developing world still lags far behind, a United Nations report said on Wednesday.

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) said mobile phone subscribers have almost tripled in developing countries over the last five years, and now make up some 58 percent of mobile subscribers worldwide.

UNCTAD said the revolution in information and communication technology was spreading to the developing world but said more had to be done to make sure poorer countries reaped its opportunities in growth and development.

However, technological progress could come at a price, as the Guardian reports.

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Alina Popescu said...

For some, Romania is still in the "developing country" stage. However, at least in urban areas, it was always hard to notice if there was a technological gap here. We were always computerized and gadgetized and the phenomenon is now spreading in rural areas. For us at least, there are bigger issues than technology. We've always been fans and did our best to have it.

Deb S. said...

Alina: It's always good to hear about the digital divide from another prospective. Thanks for offering your views from Romania.
BTW, I hope all is well with you in your new location.