Summary of Connecting the Last Billion

Should the Internet Be a Human Right?

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Connecting the Last Billion summary
Universal Internet connectivity is feasible, but several bureaucratic barriers stand in the way.

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Nicholas Negroponte, co-founder of the MIT Lab, is passionate about universal Internet connectivity, and he dreams big. Jessica Rosenworcel, a commissioner for the US Federal Communications Commission, is more realistic about bridging the gulf between those who have ready access to the Internet and those who don’t. Together, they dissect the feasibility of extending Internet access to all. getAbstract recommends their lively discussion to policy makers, leaders of the telecommunications industry and anyone interested in mending the gnawing digital divide.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why much of the global population remains unconnected to the Internet
  • Why geopolitical and commercial concerns hamper global connectivity
  • Whether Internet connectivity should be considered a human right
 

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Just 43% of the global population has access to the Internet, and only 5% of the world’s 7,100 languages are represented online. Yet Internet access is a civic responsibility, if not a human right and, like other public utilities, should...
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About the Speakers

Nicholas Negroponte is a co-founder of the MIT Media Lab. Jessica Rosenworcel works at the Federal Communications Commission. John Markoff is a journalist at The New York Times.


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