UN Seeks Funds to Close Digital Gap in Asia-Pacific

    The United Nations urged donors to bridge the “digital divide” in Asia and the Pacific, where unequal Internet access between rich and poor countries persists. More than 100 participants in a meeting organized by the U.N. Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific concluded that “narrow coverage of telecommunication networks as well as limited access to computers and knowledge on how to use information and communication technology” primarily cause the discrepancy in Internet access, according to a U.N. release. (“UN appeals for funds to bridge ‘digital divide’ in the Asia-Pacific region” - United Nations, Nov. 21, 2008)

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