Bridging the Global Digital Divide

picture of steps to bridge the digital divide

Between 2006 and 2009 the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funded an initiative to bring together a multi-disciplinary mix of researchers.

Their challenge was to consider ways to bring the benefits of Information and Computing Technologies to communities who currently have little or no access.

The four projects funded by the EPSRC were:

Village e-science for Life: Enabling rural communities in Sub-Saharan Africa to use advanced digital technology to improve their agricultural practices and literacy levels.

FairTracing: Helping to bridge the digital divide between Northern consumers and Southern producers by using tracing technology to enhance the Fair Trade model of trade.

StoryBank: Making it easy for village communities in the developing world to create and share audiovisual information.

Rural e-services: Enabling people in the developing world to work in collaboration with researchers from the developed world to build their capacity to design and use ICTs.

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