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0 The transformative power of the internet in Africa

The internet holds the power to transform Africa, says the McKinsey Global Institute. Expanding internet access and unleashing its capabilities can impact six areas: financial services, education, health, retail, agriculture, and government. A new report, Lions Go Digital: The Internet’s Transformative Potential in Africa, predicts that 500 million people in Africa…

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0 Bill Gates the technology skeptic

Eric Havir Bill Gates is not quite impressed with Google’s Project Loon. He tells Brad Stone of Businessweek that increasing access to the internet is not going to solve problems like diarrhea. When you’re dying of malaria, I suppose you’ll look up and see that balloon, and I’m not sure…

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0 Google fails to re-invent philanthropy

The New York Times’ Stephanie Strom and Miguel Helft have taken a good look at how, and why, Google’s experiment aimed at reinventing philanthropy — google.org, aka “DotOrg” — hasn’t worked out. The article in Sunday’s paper, “Google Finds it Hard to Reinvent Philanthropy,” covers the launch of DotOrg in…