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NewsForge: Open Source powers Peace Corps of the Internet Age

Sep 30, 2000, 13:50 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tony Granata)

"The number of Internet connections in countries such as the United States has expanded at a rapid pace, but the majority of the population in developing countries do not have access or cannot afford to pay for it. But an international group, powered by Open Source software, has been trying to change the numbers."

"Recent estimates indicate that the global number of Internet users is about 180 million of which only 14 percent are in developing countries. The Sustainable Development Networking Programme has been trying to address this lack of connectivity, as well as an information gap between industrialized countries and developing ones. The group is also working on some countries' inability to effectively use Internet applications such as electronic commerce to compete globally."

The Sustainable Development Networking Programme (SDNP), which provides access/connectivity and networks, national and international content and training to DCs using Open Source technologies, might be called the Peace Corps of the Internet Age."

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