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The Non-discriminating access for Digital Inclusion (DigI) project is a three year project, running from 2017 - 2020 with the main objective to establish pilots for the InfoInternet access in Tanzania and Mali. The project was funded by the Research Council of Norway as part of the Visjon2030 portfolje[1]. R&I work related to the pilots will prove business profitability for commercial establishment of the InfoInternet as an independent and self-sustainable ICT and communication infrastructure for digital inclusion. Internet access is a universal issue and of major concern to many policy makers and governments. Free access to information presents the basis for a scalable solution of digital access for everyone in the society.


Digital access to information, connecting the unconnected, is the entry point for digital skills, and addresses to be addressed in the sub- objectives related to digital health, education for youth and women, as driver for digital education (see figure on Population without Internet[2]).

Source:The Economist Continental disconnect - Mobile phones are transforming Africa

The main objective of providing non-discriminating access is supported through deployments and validation in Tanzania and Mali, focussing on the following sub-objectives:

  • Bridging the digital divide by providing the InfoInternet infrastructure and digital access.
  • Provision of customised content for education and health purposes, thus creating the basis for jobs, as well as financial and social inclusion
  • A cost-effective, open and scalable Wifi extension of the mobile network for the low-income group, enabling (mobile) operators to provide digital services
  • Education, health and entrepreneurship for women and youth empowerment as representatives of the vulnerable society groups
Our Plans for Tanzania and Mali

Read more? Please have a look at the project details, our overall plans Tanzania and Mali or the solutions using InfoInternet access...

In short

  • Our vision is Internet Lite for All
  • Our mission is Connect the Unconnected
  • We promote and provide Free access to information
  • We build Information spots
  • Through Internet Lite for All we build the basis for Digital Inclusion and Societal Empowerment
  • We see Digital Health as enabler for digital literacy, better knowledge on relevant health issues, and social entrepreneurship. Energy, digital and health together form the building blocks for sustainable development

Or watch the YouTube video where Christine Holst explains what Internet Lite is: https://youtu.be/_CJiaAa3-TI (from 1min 30s)

and if you want to read more, please visit our Blog on Connecting Rural Tanzania with "Internet Lite for All"

Our Terminology

  • Information spot - An information spot provides free access to local information, and to Internet Lite
  • Free access to information is based on the Freemium model for access, with free access to information and premium access to broadband services on the Internet
  • Internet Lite for All is the implementation of an Internet with text and pictures, enabled through light-weight protocols such as AMP
  • Digital Inclusion and leaving no-one behind are the core drivers for the free access to information for all
  • Societal Empowerment through digital inclusion, with focus on keeping the value within the community
  • Digital Health for Digital Empowerment - Our research has proven that digital health information not only has significant results on health knowledge, but also empowers people digitally by learning on how to use digital devices and achieve information

References

  1. Norwegian Research Council, "57 millioner til innovasjon for fattigdomsbekjempelse", online: Forskningsradet.no, 16Dec2016
  2. "Continental disconnect - Mobile phones are transforming Africa", The Economist, 18Dec2016, online: Economist.com


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