|Sept - Dec 2016|
|Global Digital Innovation|
PURPOSE OF THIS SITE
This is a not-for-profit site which aims to provide regular information and news about the global digital world. Provision is made for information and news about how digital technology and innovations changes and influences the lives of people all over the world.
An essential part of the site is to be a hub to incubate digital projects; as an accelerator this site will be a portal to host accelerator hubs, campaigns and to implement initiatives to promote the development of communities to become digitally aware.
However, a specific focus will also unfold around the expansion of digital technology in Africa and Emerging continents home to some of the world's poorest countries. It is here that digital technology, through education, information and entertainment can change the lives of millions of people on the continent. The lack of infrastructure means that IoT including mobile and for all things digital connectivity may be a part of the solution. Yet connectivity is generally owned and controlled by private interests. Whether the private profit motive will restrict digital technology to the wealthy few has become controversial. The question is whether the digital world can expand to link the poorest communities in a way that will enable them to take part in their shaping their own destiny.
The Internet, computers and smart phones together create a world that changes the way in which people interact and connect with each other. In Africa, mobile phones have penetrated into remote areas opening access to communication for people who had no regular contact with the world as well as brought the ease of mobile money payment systems.
Digital technology is not the main focus; the primary objective is to bring to the fore how the new technology changes our society and whether the majority of the people in countries have access to this technology. Access to technology is also dependant on the ability of a person to afford the technology. The ability to afford technology means that while the majority of people afford mobile phones their access to the Internet – to connectivity – is limited by their poverty, creating digital islands in a country and continent.
Part of what this site will do is to show how free speech and democratic participation, innovation and GDP are significantly increased when people have access to technology that connects them to others and allows for the free communication of ideas. Probably the greatest benefit of digital technology – or connectivity – is that it is the modern means for the communication of one-to-one and, significantly, one-to-many communication.
These features strengthen democracies. Communication of one-to-many is the first step in building a democracy. Alongside communication is education. The Internet provides wonderful sites that can help people to learn about their world and to understand how to interact in matters that deeply affect their lives.
This site will focus on an aspect of how digital technology affects our lives and on digital business models and bridging the digital divide.