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Marco Figueiredo
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The Symbiotic Computer and the End of Poverty
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Gems of the Earth Network
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I am a digital inclusion activist since 2000. I helped start the Gems of the Earth Rural Community Telecenter Network in Brazil in early 2002. I am involved with telecenters in many ways as I believe telecenters to be the most efficient approach to close the digital divide in the short and mid term. I am engaged in research to come up with self sustainable means to operate a community telecenter, which include business models and technology packages. I also run the Center for Community Informatics at Loyola University Maryland (
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Telecenter business models, telecenter management software, telecenter operating system, video blogging, and others.
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The Symbiotic Computer and the End of Poverty

The Symbiotic Computer and the End of Poverty

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…


Posted on January 2, 2012 at 9:12pm

Obama Invests 7.2 Billion Dollars in Digital Inclusion

When Barack Obama took office as President of the United States of America, he found the country in the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s. He was elected president thanks to a grassroots movement of American citizens unsatisfied with the direction the country had taken in the last decade or so. The geniality of his campaign team in defeating the favorites from both the Democratic and Republican parties was in great part demonstrated in their differentiated strategy… Continue

Posted on May 7, 2009 at 11:30pm

My current definition of telecenter

Telecenters are public spaces used to promote the understanding and use of cyberspace tools to empower people to improve their lives and the lives of their communities.

Posted on February 6, 2009 at 5:54am

Reverse Franchising Telecenter

I am playing around with a concept I am calling Reverse Franchising Telecenter. Despite the intriguing name, the idea is very simple: any organization managing a network of telecenters, be it for-profit, not-for-profit or government owned, shall operate in the same dimension of a traditional franchising organization, however franchisees do not pay royalties to the franchiser. Much on the contrary, the franchisee receives a percentage of the network services the franchiser offers to outside… Continue

Posted on January 14, 2009 at 3:43am — 5 Comments

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At 4:26am on January 22, 2009, Mauro Araújo Câmara said…
Hi Marco, welcome to, a good place to discuss ideas.
At 3:19am on January 14, 2009, Christine Prefontaine said…
Yay! Add your photo and get blogging :)
At 10:29pm on January 13, 2009, Sandra Nassali said…
Hello Marco, welcome to Please up load a photo as we love giving a face to the community and also follow URL: htpp://
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