Hi all, I wrote a small article to summarize my 2011 observations about digital inclusion. Below is a small excerpt and a link to the full article and post your comments here.
By eliminating the mouse they made famous and hiding the keyboard, Apple brought us to the age of the real personal computer. Let’s call it the Symbiotic Computer for its symbiosis with us humans... Apple gave us the new technology, but it was Google who steered it towards an open-source model, quickly grabbing market share with the Android platform while delivering free- to low-cost applications in a server-based technology management solution, just like the one I proposed for telecenter networks...The telecenter shared-access model needs to be updated to leverage the realization of the Symbiotic Computer. Digital inclusion can now be understood to occur in two distinct stages: digital literacy and professional capacity-building. The first is to be accomplished with the help of the Symbiotic Computer, the second with the Personal Computer...