Innovation Mobile

Could Global Connectivity Transform the World’s Economy?



Over five billion people, nearly two thirds of the world’s population, are without Internet access. Attempts to bridge the gap of this Digital Divide have struggled due to poor infrastructure and an inability to generate greater commerce or quality of life. But new innovations with mobility have made it such that people can receive 3G connectivity in places without electricity. So can global Internet connectivity have the necessary gradual impact on a region’s economy and living conditions in order to see a significant change? How are governments, the commercial sector and non-profits joining hands to contribute to this cause, and how can working on this help solve the impoverished world’s other priorities?


Dr. Jon Gant

Dr. Jon Gant, Director of the Center for Digital Inclusion, Professor, Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois

Jon Gant is a professor at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he serves as the Director of the Center for Digital Inclusion (CDI). Gant is a national leader in the ... More   View all posts

John Windhausen Jr.

John Windhausen Jr., Executive Director, Health & Libraries Broadband Coalition

John Windhausen, Jr. is the Executive Director of the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition, a diverse coalition of community anchor institutions, broadband companies, foundations (such as the Gates Foundation) and publ... More   View all posts

Add Comment

Click here to post a comment




CIO Talk Network


Not Member Yet? Register


  • Minimum length of 8 characters