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The Internet and Inequality

The Internet and Inequality, illustrative photo

Digital Green's video production technique as demonstrated in Jharkhand, India, in 2013. Digital Green produces participatory localized videos for farmers in India, Ethiopia, Ghana, and Afghanistan;

Credit: Kentaro Toyama

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg echoed the hopes of many when he launched to bring more of the world's population online.2 He said: "The richest 500 million have way more money than the next six billion combined. You solve that by getting everyone online, and into the knowledge economy—by building out the global Internet."8

But, does giving everyone the Internet really reduce inequality?


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