TED | Talks | Hector Ruiz: The power to connect the world (video)

AMD, the only real competitor to Intel’s effective monopoly on microprocessors, has established an ambitious initiative to provide internet access to 50% of the world by 2015. Here is the video of Hector Ruiz, AMD’s CEO, on the project titled 50×15.

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Where India Fares on the Internet Access Ladder

comScore recently released a report entitled, Digital World: The State of the Internet, which provides information regarding worldwide internet usage trends.  Here is an abstract of the report:

comScore’s DIGITAL WORLD: The State of the Internet provides an indispensable reference tool for any marketer, website publisher, or investor who needs to understand how the Internet is being used, what trends are emerging in a wide variety of categories, and where future growth indicates new opportunities reside in order to optimize their online investment. Plus, the report provides the first look into a number of worldwide markets, including China, Japan, and India.

According to the report, “69 billion online searches (conducted by 775 unique people) occurred worldwide in October 2007, representing about 12% of the world’s population.”  As one might expect, the United States is the leader in terms of number of searches (21%), followed by China (9.5%).   India, surprisingly (or maybe not so surprisingly), ranks 8th of this list.  As pointed out by Ashish on pluGGd.in, India’s position doesn’t seem too shabby, unless, of course, you account for its user base with respect to its overall population.

Click “read more” to see a table from the report. Continue reading

Experimenting with Internet Access in Rural India

How can rural communities gain access to the internet without the infrastructure required to support an internet connection? Even more importantly, even if rural communities were to have access to the internet, how would the illiterate population avail of these services? What is the use of providing internet access that cannot be used by the community it purports to service? Clearly, either internet services need to be supplemented by literacy classes and computer usage tutorials, or there needs to be another, more innovative solution.
This is precisely what Question Box hopes to do (Through NextBillion):

The Question Box is a project from UC Berkeley’s Rose Shuman to bring some of the benefits of the information on the Internet to places that are too remote or poor to sustain a live Internet link. It works by installing a single-button intercom in the village that is linked to a nearby town where there is a computer with a trained, live operator. Questioners press the intercom, describe their query to the operator, who runs it, reads the search results, and discusses them with the questioner (it’s like those “executive assistant” telephone services, but for people who live in very rural places)

Currently, there are two question boxes in operation in the villages of Ethida and Poolpur, both of which are located outside of Noida, Delhi. To read the entire post on NextBillion, go here.