Knowledge Networking for the Unreached"
global apprehensions and interventions to reduce digital divide, gap of
technology is broadening at the periphery. Electronic divide is widening
between developed and developing countries; between reached and unreached
in even developing countries. About 218 million of world population uses
English (45%) as their medium of communication, while 266 million uses
other languages (55%). But, the first cluster is representing a community
of English spoken countries of about 500 million (44%) and the other
cluster is representing the rest of the global population of nearly 5600
million (5%) (Global Reach 2001).
the last years Internet subscriber has been increased by manifolds in the
United States, Europe and Asia. Though in recent years Asia has been
emerged as a potential Internet market, but, real implication at the
remote end has not been seen any significant achievement.
the context of the Sub-continent, Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan,
and specially Nepal has achieved success in IT initiatives and drawn an
increasingly number of Internet subscribers in recent years.
has been estimated that by the end of 2001, there will be 1 billion
Internet users, but statistics reveals that, the users are comprised of
predominantly male (61%), affluent (with annual household income of around
6000USD), median age (age group of around 38), better educated (64% are
graduates) and skilled personnel (manager, educator, professionals) (eStats
figures would not have been improved much if the typical Internet user's
profile can be obtained in 2001. However, it is a motivating fact that
majority of Internet users use the media for gathering news/information,
e-mail and research purposes. Internet usage for e-commerce has been found
as the lowest in the demand.
reduce the digital divide integrated approach is needed to establish
tele-centres at the grass root level. A few programmes as pilot projects
have been working in this aspect, but national drive is needed to put
potential thrust for mass information generation and dissemination at the
remote end for establishing knowledge networks. The paper has been
focusing on different ICT initiatives to apprehend activists in this part
of the world to participate and formulate policy issues, including
performance of diversified tasks to extend knowledge networking among the
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