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Overcoming Poverty through Digital Inclusion
May-June 2012 (vol. 14 no. 3)
pp. 6-10
Marco Figueiredo, Loyola University Maryland
Paola Prado, Roger Williams University
Mark Kramer, University of Salzburg
A growing body of research is showing how digital inclusion can help communities overcome poverty and injustice. The main challenge lies in how best to achieve this goal. The authors argue that digital inclusion must occur in two distinct stages. The first stage is digital literacy, accomplished with the Symbiotic Computer (SC)—smartphones and tablets. The second stage will be professional capacity-building, accomplished with the more traditional Personal Computer (PC).

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Index Terms:
symbiotic computer, personal computer, emerging markets, digital inclusion, digital divide, information technology, ICT4D
Citation:
Marco Figueiredo, Paola Prado, Mark Kramer, "Overcoming Poverty through Digital Inclusion," IT Professional, vol. 14, no. 3, pp. 6-10, May-June 2012, doi:10.1109/MITP.2012.57
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