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Digital Divide

  • IN: Centre committed to bridging digital divide

    The Centre is committed to addressing the country’s digital divide, and a multi-pronged strategy comprising expansion of internet infrastructure, and training and capacity building, is on to take e-governance to the grassroots.

    This was observed by Sanjiv Mittal, Joint Secretary, Department of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India, during an interview with The Assam Tribune.

  • IN: Creating an alliance to bridge the digital divide

    The objective of e-governance cannot be realised without digitizing these village councils and ensuring that their three million officers are trained to be a part of the nationwide drive

    India’s nearly 250,000 panchayats are the gateways to its villages, where the bulk of the population resides. The objective of e-governance cannot be realised without digitizing these village councils and ensuring that their three million officers are trained to be a part of the nationwide drive. Sadly, we are a long way behind.

    The country has 245,525 panchayat offices, including 582 zilapanchayats, 6,299 block panchayats and 238,644 gram panchayats. Of these, only 58,291 panchayats have computers, according to the panchayati raj ministry. Jharkhand, Bihar, and Uttar Pradesh have no computers at any level. It is not known how many of these computers are functioning. My experience, based on interactions with panchayats across India, suggests most are either not working or there is nobody with the skills to use them.

  • IN: Digital poor on our e-way

    What we are witnessing today is a great divide, not between the rich and the poor, but between 'digital haves' and 'digital have-nots'.

    Online transactions have become a way of life for many of us. Long queues at banks, airline booking counters, train reservation centres or property tax office are all passé.

    All you need to do is log on to the internet and execute the transaction in a jiffy. From buying a movie ticket to booking a transatlantic flight everything is just a click away. No middlemen involved between you and the service provider. Life has become so much simpler with the internet, social networking, e-governance, online banking and so on.

  • IN: Karnataka: IT city? Not for the disabled

    Visually impaired people can stand on their feet and make strides in every field, but when it comes to accessing a govt website, they stumble

    The government of IT city has neither the time nor the inclination to make its websites accessible to the disabled.

    Just ask Tony Kurian, a bright, 21-year-old student of Christ University. Kurian scored more than 90 per cent in both his tenth and PU board exams, loves music and is great with his laptop which he uses for studying and to read newspapers. All of this is empowering till he comes to a government website. And then, he stumbles.

  • IN: Kerala: Bridging the digital divide

    It will be available even on ‘non-smart’ phones

    Staying smart will no longer be about the mobile phone one owns; at least, when it comes to accessing e-governance. For, the Kerala State IT Mission (KSITM) as part of the ‘Digital Kerala; initiative plans to roll out a unique and single interface mobile cross-platform application that would be accessible on all mobile phones irrespective of whether they are ‘smart’ or not.

    To do away with this skewed digital divide between the holders of smart phones and ordinary phones, the proposed mobile app would be complemented by SMS, IVR (Interactive Voice Response) and USSD (Unstructured Supplementary Data eg:*123#) channels. “KSITM has recently published online tenders for selecting the vendor for the unique mobile application for implementing mobile governance service in Kerala,” sources told The Hindu.

  • IN: Massive Digital Divide in the Land of IT

    In a remote Indian village in the Western state of Maharashtra, a fourth-grader named Suraj Balu Zore proudly told IPS that he can now effortlessly operate a laptop computer.

    Fallen by the wayside of urban India’s information technology (IT) superhighway, Khairat village – located just 80 kilometres from booming Mumbai – still has no access to the Internet.

    But thanks to the recent efforts of ‘one laptop per child’ – a project of the Miami-based non-profit One Laptop per Child Association Inc., which aims to digitally empower youth in the global south – Zore and 25 other students in his nondescript village school can now vie with their technology-savvy peers in urban India.

  • IN: Wi-Fication: Digital divide to digital dividend

    The Indian telecom sector managed to add about one billion mobile subscribers in last 10 years, taking cognisance of a digitally-connected society and the socio-economic benefits it brings forth.

    The explosive expansion of mobile telephony in India is a shining case study for the entire world. The Indian telecom sector managed to add about one billion mobile subscribers in last 10 years, taking cognisance of a digitally-connected society and the socio-economic benefits it brings forth.

  • India should focus on rural connectivity: Pitroda

    India should enhance rural connectivity by using evolving technologies and applying them in the field of education by facilitiating distance learning and creating virtual classrooms, National Knowledge Commission Chairman Sam Pitroda said on wednesday.

    The country needed to focus on applications for education, e-governance, health, food and developing local applications in future, he said in his keynote address through tele-conferencing at the CII organised 'Comtel 2008' on the theme 'Breaking Barriers, Bridging the Divide' here.

  • India: Bring down digital divide

    India recently launched the world's first nation-wide information highway interlinking top educational institutions and research laboratories. Proposed by the National Knowledge Commission, the National Knowledge Network (NKN) is comparable in size with only that of the California Institute of Technology. Though the seven IITs, the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre and the laboratories of the Centre for Scientific & Industrial Research have been connected through the NKN, the plan is to eventually link over 10,000 higher educational institutions within two years.

  • India: Broadband connectivity key to bridge digital divide: Kalam

    President APJ Abdul Kalam laid out his vision for the Commonwealth Connect programme at Vigyan Bhavan here today, stressing the call of the hour is to shift from information to a knowledge society.

    Inaugurating the Commonwealth Connects summit Kalam said, "The telecom revolution in India has opened multiple windows of opportunities and the benefits of this revolution are in the process of percolating to the vast majority of our villages. It is through this network that people living in the villages would be able to access modern education, healthcare services and employment opportunities. And I believe, this would be true for many countries in the Commonwealth spectrum. Broadband connectivity is key to realising the stated socio-economic goals."

  • India: Could E-power really be just a click away?

    Last year, a group of babus tried to reveal a miracle at Tirupati. They invited IT experts and media at the unveiling of the world's "cheapest computer ever". It cost $10. They claimed it was the perfect personal computer. But when the experts got to work on it, the "miracle" machine turned out to be a tin box with no display screen and little memory. It was an embarrassment.

    Then, there was the tablet computer human resources development minister Kapil Sibal showed off last month. It looks like Apple's iPad and costs $35. The news was received with some scepticism. Sibal was bullish about his government's plan to give the machine to millions across the country: "In 2011, the sun will rise for the children of India".

  • India: Digital inclusion for rural empowerment

    There is a need to create an Indian model of information system suited to our needs, says Sam Pitroda

    India needs to develop its own model of how to utilize information and communication technology (ICT) to benefit the masses, said Sam Pitroda, adviser to the Prime Minister on public information infrastructure and innovations.

    “We need to create an Indian model of information system suited to our needs,” Pitroda said at the 7th Manthan Award South Asia 2010, hosted in New Delhi on Saturday.

  • India: Digital war on poverty

    The digital divide is beginning to close. The flow of digital information - through mobile phones, text messaging, and the internet - is now reaching the world's masses, even in the poorest countries, bringing with it a revolution in economics, politics, and society.

    Extreme poverty is almost synonymous with extreme isolation, especially rural isolation. But mobile phones and wireless internet end isolation, and will therefore prove to be the most transformative technology of economic development of our time.

  • India: e-powering villages? IT buzz at peak

    The term, ‘Digital Divide,’ has always fascinated the Indian IT industry. Both the government and social organisations from the private sector have launched various schemes to take ‘IT to the masses.'

    In fact, IT MNCs have taken the lead in launching applications for the rural areas. Microsoft, Intel and HP, all have something to offer to the rural India.

  • India: Kerala bridges digital divide

    Akshaya, India’s first district-wide e-literacy campaign aimed at providing basic computer education to 5.9 lakh people, is probably the biggest success story of decentralised planning in Kerala. The project was conceptualised in 2002 when officials of the Malappuram district panchayat approached the Kerala State IT Mission (KSITM) with Rs 60 lakh in their pockets and a request to bridge the digital divide.

    The response from the state government was positive. However, leasing 7,000 computers for the purpose, as initially requested by the panchayat did not appear to be a feasible long-term option. The state government decided to adopt an entrepreneurial approach instead and offer the unemployed youth of the district an opportunity to build a business.

  • India: Kerala bridges digital gap with village IT centres

    The Indian state of Kerala has opened its first community computing centre in an effort to close the digital divide, its state IT Director told FutureGov.

    Serving 30,000 villagers, VDCC is run by community volunteers trained in IT and media production. It aims to promote awareness and provide training in basic computing. By equipping and teaching them to use computers, the government hopes to give these villages access to information. In the near future, it expects to improve government-citizen interaction in remote areas currently underserved.

  • India: Pitroda urges wider application of technologies

    The National Knowledge Commission Chairman Sam Pitroda on Wednesday advocated application of evolving technologies in varied fields, including education, for overall development of the country.

    ''Telecom can provide better quality of life to the poor and it can educate the rural masses. Distance learning and creating virtual classrooms would maximise the use of new technologies in telecommunications for the benefits of the poor,'' he said.

  • India: The desi side of computing

    Lack of English language skills, until recently, had left a talented workforce out of the IT revolution

    A digital divide exists between Indians who know English and those who do not. People educated in the vernacular medium had been hitherto left out of the computing revolution. The biggest losers were the government and NGOs (non-government organisations). The IT revolution left rural India and non-English users untouched.

  • India’s digital transformation is impressive, but digital divide is widening

    India has made significant progress in the field of digital transformation. But these benefits continue to remain unevenly distributed 

    In his speech to G20 leaders in Bali, Indonesia on November 16, Prime Minister Narendra Modi vowed to work on bridging the digital divide during India's presidency of the global intergovernmental forum. The Prime Minister's intentions are welcome, but in the absence of concrete government action, bridging the digital divide in India will remain a distant dream.

  • Indien: Tausende Dörfer sollen ans Netz

    Projekt will "Digital Divide" überbrücken

    Ein internationales Konsortium aus indischen und US-amerikanischen Unternehmen will zusammen mit der Weltbank tausende indische Dörfer mit Internetanschlüssen ausstatten. Im Rahmen des geplanten Projektes sollen in rund 5.000 Dörfern auf dem Subkontinent Internetzentren oder -läden entstehen, berichtet die New York Times. Ziel der Initiative ist es demnach, der Landbevölkerung Zugang zu Services wie E-Government, Online-Banking oder zu Bildungsangeboten zu verschaffen.

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