Internet.org, balloons and practical solutions

Benjamin Smith

Whilst conducting a bit of casual research on the recent announcements regarding internet.org, and the trend towards promoting – in this case led by Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg – an increase in cheap (or free), easily available internet access in the developing world, I came across a story concerning Computer Aid International and their recent work in Liberia.
According to the article, (http://www.computeraid.org/news-detail.asp?ID=254) although young people account for 65% of Liberia’s 3.5 million, research shows that this section of the population ‘…are mostly unskilled and uneducated therefore reducing their chances of employment.’ The article continues, explaining how ‘…those who graduate from high school or university are disadvantaged on the job market or in further studies due to a lack of access, use of or knowledge of information and communication technologies…’.

Now there’s been a degree of scepticism in response to the internet.org initiative, and others like it, some…

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