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[liberationtech] Global Impact Study final report released - Connecting people for development

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Tue Jul 2 14:57:50 PDT 2013

From: Melody Clark <melclark at>

While you’re likely reading this on your personal computer, enjoying
reliable and fast internet, millions of people around the world still lack
private access to this increasingly necessary resource to function and
prosper in today’s world. How do those people connect to digital society?
For many, digital inclusion is found at a library, a telecenter, or a
cybercafé - their local public access ICT venue. For over a decade,
significant investments have been made in these venues. However, their
ability to contribute to development agendas has come into question in
recent times, spurred by the spread of mobile phones and other new
technologies and applications. The Global Impact Study was designed to
address this debate by generating evidence about the scale, character, and
impacts of public access ICTs.****

Today, TASCHA is excited to announce the release of the study’s final
report, *Connecting people for development: Why public access ICTs

The report is the most comprehensive study of its kind to date, based on
thousands of surveys, interviews, and other data collected across eight low
and middle income countries. Situating public access in the context of
national development, *Connecting people for development* summarizes the
study’s key findings, discusses some disputed issues, and offers
recommendations for policymakers, public access practitioners, and

In addition to the final research report, we also invite you to explore
additional resources generated by the Global Impact Study’s open research
approach. All of the survey materials and
available for public use, and full research reports and summaries of each
the in-depth studies<>,
focused on specific questions surrounding public access, are being released
over the next couple of months.****

We look forward to your feedback on the report and findings, and invite you
to join a discussion on the future of public access ICTs.****


Full Report<>
Executive Summary<>

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Survey materials &
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Melody Clark****


Technology & Social Change (TASCHA)****

melclark at | 206.303.7910****

Twitter: @taschagroup <> |
@melodyrclark <!/melodyrclark>****
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