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Meaningful Broadband: China

Meaningful Broadband: China

In August 2018, Meaningful Broadband: China will begin activation. Shenlong Han, an associate professor of Peking University, will oversee village test marketing of Meaningful Broadband in an impoverished remote area of Sichuan, home to fragile ethnic minorities. Read...

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Meaningful Broadband:  Bangladesh

Meaningful Broadband: Bangladesh

A few years ago, after DDI’s Craig Warren Smith lectured in Dhaka, we were invited by Bangladesh’s prime minister to bring our Meaningful Broadband framework to that country. But we were not ready. We needed to go further in Indonesia where were testing our model in...

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Printing Houses for the Poor

It may be hard to believe but, yes, some think 3-D printing may be the latest solution for low-cost housing for the poor. Check it out. 

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Digital Philanthropy Has Arrived

Heavily funded by the Gates Foundation, TED’s new initiative may produce breakthroughs to close digital divide. Finally, Bill and Melinda Gates are setting their sights on impact investment for social...

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Will Space X Close Digital Divide?

Elon Musk is known for his brash plans for interplanetary and under-the-earth travel, but his real impact may be to close the world’s digital divide. Next year SpaceX will launch satellite internet connectivity for the world.  Or maybe not. Over the past 15...

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How Jeff Bezos Could Remake Philanthropy

The news from Forbes that Jeff Bezos is officially the world’s richest person reminded me immediately of a chat I had decades ago with my first mentor, a brilliant economist named Kenneth E Boulding, nominated repeatedly for the Nobel Prize in economics. As his...

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Meaningful Broadband:  Indonesia

Meaningful Broadband: Indonesia

About $40 billion of Universal Services Funds annually are supposed to bring the Internet to the poor. But instead it’s a mess. Here’s what DDI is working on to clean up that mess, beginning with Indonesia. This tax, called Universal Services Obligation, is known to...

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Can This Guy Regulate Tech?

The mood among telecom regulators worldwide is to reign in tech companies so that they optimally serve the public interest. How to do that? Check out this guy. One answer is to get ideas from a US Congressman named Ko Kannon. He is filling a void in Washington,...

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