Does connectivity help the poor?

June 22, 2006 at 4:55 pm Leave a comment

I found this article, Laptops give hope to the homeless, an interesting read.  The story shares that there are many homeless people who are maintaining blogs (some links provided) from public libraries, or using laptops and accessing the net through various wireless hotspots. Some have even been able to stop panhandling by using a PayPal button on their sites. In one case, the blogger got herself off the street leveraging her tech skills to generate a small, albeit barely profitable, business.

A related note.  I had some notes on this article from some time ago:  Pay as you go computer sales, sponsored by Microsoft, which doesn’t appear to be such a bad idea.  Article focuses on the Brazil customer base. Does anyone think it would work here in the U.S. or elsewhere?

Another thought:  How does this factor in to the net neutrality debate? 


Entry filed under: blogging, Net neutrality, society, technology.

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