"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
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