Our policies and alliances bring broadband meaningfully to the “forgotten five billion.”
DigitalDivide.org, the site of Digital Divide Institute (DDI), formulates innovations to enhance social, environmental, cultural and human impacts of the internet as it spreads towards remote regions of the planet. Our focus is called Meaningful Broadband. Sometimes our services are ” high-level,” focused on theories, frameworks and policies. But we also operate on the ground, creating ” killer apps” that show how next-generation software could benefit the Next Two Billion citizens who occupy the Middle of the Pyramid (MOP). Our advisors are among the world’s significant Thought Leaders, who are charting the future of the internet. Noting that the internet’s new epicenter is Asia, Our countries of deployment are Asian. Though we affect policies and practices of governments and corporations, our research is based in leading universities. Digital Divide-International is at the University of Washington Human Interface Technology Laboratory in Seattle. Digital Divide-Asia is at Chulalongkorn University’s Center for Ethics in Science and Technology in Thailand. In Indonesia, operating as Indonesia Group Against Digital Divide, we are at The Habibie Center and Institute of Technology-Bandung.
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Making APEC Meaningful:
For the first time, conditions exist for a massively integrated Pacific region that could drive world growth well through the 21st century. That theme, of course, is at the top of the agenda when APEC’s 21 prime ministers and Presidents gather in Bali Oct 5-7, hosted by the Indonesian President. Dressed in festive Balinese costumes for their photo op, these leaders may cheerily proclaim themselves equal partners in a connected economy which “lifts all boats.” Nonsense. Under current conditions, an invisible divide makes regional integration politically unthinkable: the broadband gap.
“Pay or play” is a good regulatory formula. Telecom companies that “play” (e.g. introduce meaningful services for low-income users) should be preferred by regulators. If they don’t, they should be made to “pay,” in the form of higher taxes and other penalties.