The Newseum and the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) will host a closed-door four-part discussion series, “Connecting the Unconnected,” dedicated to expanding worldwide internet access. Sponsored by Microsoft, the meetings will center on the challenges and opportunities in bringing fixed and wireless broadband access to communities around the world.
“The internet has become increasingly necessary to participate in the global economy as digital technologies make development more inclusive, innovative, and efficient,” said Dean Garfield, president and CEO of ITI. “Yet the transformative power of information and communication technologies are not realized in many countries around the world, in part because of a persistent digital divide between the ‘connected’ and the ‘unconnected.’”
The internet has quickly become the means by which people express themselves worldwide and increasingly is necessary to participating in the global economy. According to the International Telecommunications Union, nearly 60 percent of the global population is not yet using the internet, and more than 90 percent of the unconnected are in developing countries. Since an informed citizenry depends on people being able to communicate with one another and to access information, this series will work to close the gap between the wired and the unwired.
The first session of this initiative will launch on June 3 at the Newseum.