Google’s Project Loon uses high altitude navigable balloons to deliver internet to rural and remote areas.
Tech companies such as SpaceX, Facebook, Google and Microsoft are competing to bring internet to areas without access in the developing world. And that's a problem.
People in remote areas use the internet much less for entertainment and formal education compared to their urban counterparts.
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The people who have the most to gain from the extraordinary resources of the internet are missing out, including those not employed, older Australians and migrants from non-English speaking countries.
Telecommunications wires stretch along a rural Kansas road.
Technology & Information Policy Institute, University of Texas
Many people in rural America don't have access to fast, affordable internet access. How might those communities connect to the global exchange of goods, services and ideas?
Do you care if your data is being used by third parties?
Many users of digital platforms resign themselves to being monitored. That's surveillance apathy - and it's worse in society's most marginalised groups.
An affordability gap and increasing reliance on mobile data could limit internet access for some Australians.
The 2017 Australian Digital Inclusion Index shows that internet access and digital ability have improved since 2014, but the affordability of online services has declined.
Couple using in-home blood pressure monitor.
Digital devices can make a real difference in treating chronic diseases. But many who have these conditions are poor, and they often cannot afford the devices.
The idea that there’s a moral imperative for humans to expand beyond Earth is echoed by influential proponents of space exploration.
Technology had enabled humans to explore the deep sea, the Earth's poles, and outer space. But we shouldn't forget historical lessons about frontiers in the process of traversing them.
Most smartphones in India can’t even access 3G networks.
A new player is shaking up the Indian mobile market. But will it be enough?
Doctors are turning to digital devices for medical records, but Latinos lag in use of portals to access them.
Patient portals are fast becoming a way of health care life in the U.S., but they are leaving an important group behind. Latinos are much less likely to use portals than non-Latinos.
Tshwane Executive Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa, surrounded by school pupils and officials, samples the metropole’s free internet service.
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That South Africa has voted against rights enshrined in its globally celebrated, progressive constitution suggests a troubling indifference to its human rights commitments.
Shadow Communications Minister Jason Clare (left) and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten (right).
Now the ALP has released its much-anticipated National Broadband Network policy, it gives voters a chance to see how the Coalition and the Opposition's plans compare.
Internet speeds and coverage may prove the sleeper federal election issue.
The critical question is how far we are willing to allow rural Australia to fall behind when it comes to telecommunications infrastructure.
If they build it, will you come?
The Democrats' policy platforms address the fundamental issue of Internet haves and have-nots in the U.S. But research suggests just hooking people up to broadband won't solve the problem.
Internet access continues to grow but some people are still not connected.
Australia's connection to the internet continues to grow but there are still 1.3 million households not online.
With so many city dwellers enjoying the benefits of digital connectivity, it is easy to overlook the barriers to access that homeless people face.
We have come to see being digitally connected as part of the fabric of life in the city, but staying connected is a daily struggle for the marginalised and homeless.
Downloading tunes in Lagos. Not all internet access is equal.
To benefit from the digital revolution, the world needs more than just connectivity.
Bridging the digital divide in many developing countries is not simply about access to ICT.
While the internet penetration rate in the developed world sits at 81%, two-thirds of the developing world are still without access.
Not everyone has access to the internet, even today.
There are still many Australians who don't have regular access to the internet. We must do more to bridge the digital divide and accommodate a diversity of technologies.
Connecting up every house is a not a job for the fainthearted.
At least the parties agree that more internet is a good thing, even if they're short of ideas on how to provide it.
Moving government services online assumes everyone is plugged into the internet. But who’s left out?
The ease of buying shoes or managing our banking over a mobile phone connected to the internet has changed our expectations regarding accessible services. But not everyone is connected to the internet…