Study: Support for Public Web Access in Poor Countries Fading

Decreasing interest of local governments and businesses in developing countries to provide public access to computers and Internet may close a critical source of information for underprivileged groups, a study has found.
 
A group of researchers at the University of Washington Information School in Seattle says public access to computers and Internet is still a crucial resource for connecting people to information and skills.

As new technologies, such as smartphones and home computers become available, organizations are losing interest in providing access to public computers connected to the Internet. The trend is especially pronounced among development agencies.
 
The study calls on governments and donor organizations to increase investment in public access to Internet and incorporate it into national initiatives. Researchers also say computer games are beneficial because they build technology skills.


Original article  of VOA News

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