What a nice presentation style! OSCON 2005 Keynote – Identity 2.0
To close the digital divide gap, attacking its root causes is much more effective that dealing with the symptoms. In my view, giving away laptops only deals with the symptoms.
Here we go again, another initiative aiming at helping my brothers and sisters catch up with the best. Is it really necessary to give every child a laptop? What is the true meaning of digital divide? Is this just another hype, or perhaps a shrewd move to secure markets that are underdeveloped today?These are questions i often ask myself. I think this initiative only deals with the visible symptoms of the digital divide. To bear fruit, this effort should be associated with efforts to fight disease and hunger in poor countries. Kids that have to walk for miles to get to school and mostly with a hungry belly, are also challenged to learn anything. Other questions that are not answered at this stage:
- How will these people connect to the internet?
- As part of the rollout, is there a plan to also deploy wireless access points in these countries?
- A huge proportion of the content available in the internet is in english, or languages that are alien to the poor people. Will there be efforts to provide relevant and localised content that can be useful to these kids?
- What about the running costs: the necessary wireless networks, these laptops will most probably often break, who will provide the maintenance and support facilities?
The Seattle giant is at it again, this is Bill Gates’ rallying call for action. Last time this happened, it was the web browser war and everybody know the outcome. This time round, Steve Ballmer is at the helm though the venerable Chief Architect is certainly a lot more than a back-seat driver. He has risen to a new level. Many years ago, as Microsoft had clearly established itself as the undisputed platform leader, I watched a TV interview of Bill Gates saying that noone could say that they [Microsoft] don’t know how to do business. I think this still holds true. Read the Wired News article: Wired News: Gates Feeling a Little Seasick
Want to send your child or ward abroad? Beware, for you may be condemning that person to death. Countless others might have gone overseas.
Sadly this article reflects a reality for some who are:
- not well equiped to learn about this sort of scam
- would not listen if they were told,
- or would simply think that bad things only happen to others
Just the thought of it is sickening.Read more here: Death in the desert
The beeb has this article: Virtual property market boomingIs there another digital divide frontier opening up? I am not the biggest gamer there is, whenever i read something about it i find myself browsing Wikipedia just to get the vocabulary right. It will be scary if the markets start picking on this. Interesting times ahead.