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Global Impact Study: Final report & findings released

by , Tuesday July 2nd, 2013

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Global Impact Study: Final report & findings released

While you’re likely reading this on your personal computer, enjoying reliable and fast internet, millions of people around the world still lack private access to this increasingly necessary resource to function and prosper in today’s world. How do those people connect to digital society? For many, digital inclusion is found at a library, a telecenter, or a cybercafé – their local public access ICT venue. For over a decade, significant investments have been made in these venues. However, their ability to contribute to development outcomes has come into question in recent times, spurred by the spread of mobile phones and other new technologies and applications. The Global Impact Study was designed to advance knowledge in this field by generating evidence about the scale, character, and impacts of public access ICTs. Today, we are excited to announce the release of the study's final report, Connecting people for development: Why public access ICTs matter.

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Mobile Internet in-depth study research report released

by , Monday November 19th, 2012

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Mobile Internet in-depth study research report released

The Global Impact Study is pleased to announce the release of the Mobile Internet in-depth study research report, Public access, private mobile: The interplay of shared access and the mobile Internet for Teenagers in Cape Town. Led by Marion Walton of the University of Cape Town and Jonathan Donner of Microsoft Research India, this study assesses and describes the interplay between public PC-based Internet access and private mobile-based access for urban teenaged public access venue users in Cape Town.

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Update on the Mobile Internet in-depth study

by , Friday July 6th, 2012

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Final reports from the in-depth studies will be released soon. In the meantime, we wanted to share a quick update from the Mobile Internet study. The Mobile Internet study explored the interplay between mobile phones, particularly mobile Internet, and public access venues in South Africa. Are mobile phones and mobile Internet making public access venues obsolete? Are they competition for public access venues? Or do users use their mobile phones and Internet in conjunction with public access venues?

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Mobile internet researcher participates in social media conference

by , Thursday June 16th, 2011

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Co-PI of the Mobile internet in-depth study, Jonathan Donner, participated in the "Social Media for Development" workshop in Hangzhou, China in March 2011. He presented a position paper based on some of the hypotheses of the Mobile internet study at a pre-conference event of the Annual CSCW (Computer Supported Collaborative Work) conference.

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Field visit to South Africa

by , Friday March 4th, 2011

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Field visit to South Africa

Global Impact Study research lead, Araba Sey, just spent one week in South Africa, to meet with the research team on the Mobile Internet in-depth study. During this visit, Araba had a chance to learn more about the public access to ICT landscape in South Africa, participate in research team meetings, and visit public access venues in both urban and non-urban areas of South Africa. Public access venues visited include cybercafes, public libraries, and schools.

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