How Digital Inclusion Is Done in Africa

Tech Soup Blog

I've just returned from organizing an electronics recycling conference in Cape Town, South Africa, where I met Dr. Hylton Villet, the chairman of MyDigitalBridge in Namibia. and was completely surprised at how African projects like MyDigitalBridge are getting low-cost Internet to low-income people in a mostly rural country. Namibia is a medium-sized country that borders South Africa. After Mongolia, Namibia is the least densely populated country in the world.

Microsoft's Ecohero: How Sean Nicholson Is Saving the Earth

Tech Soup Blog

Access to the Internet and computers is still a serious issue for most people in the developing world and even the U.S. This interest may have been kindled when he was an ICT advisor to the government of Namibia before he came to Microsoft. You've heard of the Incredible Hulk and Green Lantern. But you've probably never heard of this green superhero.


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Give a shirt: Changing slacktivists into activists

ASU Lodestar Center

Sadly, slacktivism – actions performed via the Internet in support of a political or social cause but regarded as requiring little time or involvement ( courtesy of the Oxford Dictionary ) – is the popular avenue of support when it comes to contemporary activism. DOAS fashioned a new social responsibility program, by taking the cause out of the clouds (that’s a fancy way of saying the Internet) and placing it on people’s backs (shirts). posted by Cooper Nelson , Marketing Manager.

Nonprofit Technology News: 2013 Year in Review

Tech Soup Blog

It allows charities to get to your applications and files from virtually anywhere there is Internet on many kinds of devices - PCs, Macs, and mobile devices of various kinds. Big Data and the Internet of Things. Like my colleague Jane Zhang at TechSoup Canada , I pegged the Internet of Things (IoT) as something to watch this year. MIT Technology Review declared 2013 the year of the Internet of Things.

Why Building Resilient Networks Matter

Beth Kanter

They had no internet access and – most distressingly for me – no phone service at all. This puts New York City’s economic disparity on par with places like Sierra Leone or Namibia. Note from Beth: I’ve wrote about the importance of building resilience in networks given the complex and connected environment we live in today. So, when Pat Brandes from the Barr Foundation sent me this thought piece on building resilience of networks, it resonated on many different levels.