There are an estimated 6,000 languages spoken globally, but according to the United Nations nearly half are endangered Only a few hundred have been given a place in education systems and the public domain. Less than a hundred languages are used in the digital world.
After centuries of colonization and discrimination, Indigenous languages face the greatest threats.
In Sri Lanka girls make up a little over 50% of the school population, but just 20% of those studying Information and Communications Technology. Girls in Technology, launched by the Internet Society Sri Lanka Chapter in 2018, wants to change that.
In one of the largest urban slums in Africa, people live in abject poverty. The nearly 200,000 residents of Kibera, located in Nairobi, Kenya, have an average income of a little over $1 a day, while many people lack access to basic amenities such as adequate medical care and clean piped water. In 2016 the Tunapanda Institute decided to address some of these issues.
Journalists are often at the frontline of emerging digital issues – whether they’re protecting a free press or the privacy of their sources – and they can have a powerful voice in shaping the Internet’s future.
A recent survey on how children use the Internet, included some surprises. “Safe Online, Safe On Land” addresses some of these issues.
Recently, the Federal Parliament of Nepal introduced two pieces of legislation: the Individual Privacy bill, which deals with online privacy and data protection, and the Information Technology bill, which aims to replace the existing Electronic Transaction Act and has a broad scope.
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) – more commonly known as drones – can be a powerful tool to speed up the post-disaster assessment process.
When providing reliable broadband networks in rural areas is not sustainable for commercial operators, the Community Network model can provide an individual-centered Internet, deployed and operated by citizens to meet their own communication needs.
How can we increase the number of women working in cybersecurity? According to a 2013 report, women represented just 11% of the global cybersecurity workforce. That number may be rising, but women are still woefully underrepresented.
The Internet Society Kazakhstan Almaty Chapter has a solution.
Improving the Internet’s technical conditions is an ambitious challenge. It’s an even greater challenge in one of the ten countries in the world with the greatest geographical scope. Internet Exchange Points (IXP) offer a solution. In Argentina, IXPs have been built since 2008, where they’ve covered the major cities. Now they’re extending their scope to reach remote locations.
Today, we read about advancements in technology, including terraforming Mars – yet more than half of the world is still without a proper Internet connection.
It’s not just developing nations that lack access. Rural areas are affected, too.