Practical Insights on Public Access

Is Facebook Zero the Future of Public Internet Access?

Is Facebook Zero the Future of Public Internet Access?

Published on: Aug 29 2014 by Maria Andersen - Comments Off on Is Facebook Zero the Future of Public Internet Access?
Access to information is both empowerment and development. When two thirds of the world’s poor still lack access to the Internet, but three fourths have a mobile...
News Flash: Facebook and Games Are Actually Useful!

News Flash: Facebook and Games Are Actually Useful!

Published on: Jun 09 2014 by Wayan Vota - 1 Comment
How many times have you heard schoolteachers or community officials bemoan how much time youth are “wasting” on social media like Facebook, or playing...
7 Reasons Why Libraries Are the New Telecentres

7 Reasons Why Libraries Are the New Telecentres

Published on: Feb 12 2014 by Michael Gurstein - Comments Off on 7 Reasons Why Libraries Are the New Telecentres
As those, who have been in and around community-based ICT/Internet access (community informatics) initiatives well know, the primary dilemma for these activities...
5 Reasons Why Public Access Matters in the Age of Private Mobile Devices

5 Reasons Why Public Access Matters in the Age of Private Mobile Devices

Published on: Jan 15 2014 by Guest Writer - Comments Off on 5 Reasons Why Public Access Matters in the Age of Private Mobile Devices
The mobile Internet is growing at an unprecedented rate. It is expected to be a matter of time before mobile Internet use eclipses desktop use. What does this trend...
How Public Libraries Connect People to ICT for Development

How Public Libraries Connect People to ICT for Development

Published on: Nov 01 2013 by Wayan Vota - Comments Off on How Public Libraries Connect People to ICT for Development
Public libraries play a critical role in extending the benefits of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to a diverse range of people worldwide. However,...
Why Public Access to ICTs Matter in the Age of Mobile Phones

Why Public Access to ICTs Matter in the Age of Mobile Phones

Published on: Jul 31 2013 by Guest Writer - Comments Off on Why Public Access to ICTs Matter in the Age of Mobile Phones
While you’re likely reading this on your personal computer, enjoying reliable and fast internet, millions of people around the world still lack private access...
Surprise! Free Public Internet Access Venues Do Not Compete with Mobile Phones for Users

Surprise! Free Public Internet Access Venues Do Not Compete with Mobile Phones for Users

Published on: Dec 21 2012 by Guest Writer - Comments Off on Surprise! Free Public Internet Access Venues Do Not Compete with Mobile Phones for Users
The Public Access, Private Mobile report studied the interplay of shared access and the mobile Internet for teenagers in Cape Town. It covered a large amount of...
Local Alternatives for Global Development: Rediscovering Libraries

Local Alternatives for Global Development: Rediscovering Libraries

Published on: Aug 20 2012 by Wayan Vota - Comments Off on Local Alternatives for Global Development: Rediscovering Libraries
With the rapid expansion of new technologies and emerging perspectives on what works, the global development community is looking for new thinking on solving...
Why Cyber Cafes Can Thrive in a Mobile Internet World

Why Cyber Cafes Can Thrive in a Mobile Internet World

Published on: May 11 2012 by Wayan Vota - Comments Off on Why Cyber Cafes Can Thrive in a Mobile Internet World
With the advent of cheap mobile phones and mobile data plans, there is the belief that mobile phones are pushing cyber cafes out of business. Well according to...
Libraries: the Dirty but Effective Word in Public Access to ICT

Libraries: the Dirty but Effective Word in Public Access to ICT

Published on: Nov 21 2011 by Wayan Vota - 1 Comment
Is this the library the future of public access ICT after cybercafes and telecenters? Back when Bill Gates was young, he had multiple opportunities to geek out –...