GRNet (global rural network), a grand challenge
We have spent over a decade demonstrating that the Internet can improve the quality of life in developing nations. During that time, we have trained networkers in developing nations, held conferences and workshops, conducted e-readiness studies, and piloted and tested many applications. The value of the Internet has been demonstrated. It is now time to act.
We should build a global rural network with a link to a point of presence in every village in every developing nation. A global rural network would reach 3 billion poor people and enrich us all. As grand challenges go, this one would not be so expensive, and we can do it by adopting the approach taken in the original NSFNET project.
Some related reading is at:
- Developing Networks in Less Industrialized Nations, IEEE Computer, vol 28 No 6, June, 1995, pp 66-71.
- The Role of Networks in Developing Nations, Communications of the ACM, Vol 39, No. 2, pp 23-29, February, 1996.
- Seeding Networks: the Federal Role, Communications of the ACM, pp 11-18, Vol 39., No. 10, October, 1996.
- Wireless Internet Connectivity for Developing Nations, First Monday, Volume 8, Number 9, September 2003.
- The Internet in Developing Nations: Grand Challenges, First Monday, Volume 9, Number 4, April 2004.
- Refuting Objections to a Global Rural Network (GRNet) for Developing Nations, First Monday, Volume 9, Number 8, August 2004.
- N-Logue's Rural Connectivity Model, World Resources Institute, December 2004.
- Reducing One Aspect of the Digital Divide – Connectivity, School of Computer Science (ISRI), Department of Engineering & Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University, May 13, 2005.
- G8 Internet for Africa, July 2005.
- WSIS, yet another digital divide conference, November 2005.
- PowerPoint slides from various GRNet presentations (7.7 meg).
Telemedicine at an n-logue telecenter, India.