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OpenMedia Helps Launch the Global Connect Initiative

At OpenMedia, we believe people can build a more connected and collaborative world through an Internet that is open and equally accessible to everyone. And promoting affordable access for the next 3 billion soon-to-be Internet users plays a huge role in this. That’s why we signed on to a recent project called the Global Connect Initiative, led by the U.S. State Department. The new project was launched at a special event last Sunday at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City and aims to bring 1.5 additional people online by 2020. The launch event featured attendees including Dr. Jim Kim of the World Bank, the Presidents of Estonia and Tanzania, senior technology executives and global NGOs.

There’s no doubt that we live in an age of digital haves and digital have-nots – but we can fix this by working together. It’s no secret that people around the world are increasingly relying on open access for education, employment, health care, access to government and social services, news and information, and commerce. But there remain huge barriers for many.

Of course, in many parts of the Global South, access to affordable services and technologies remains a significant hurdle. But even in places like North America, affordability remains a significant barrier to low-income adoption, especially in rural areas and low-income areas.

That’s why we’re so heartened to see civil society organizations, world governments, and tech companies cooperating to help bridge this digital divide, both at home and abroad. To learn more about this global initiative, and what you can do to chip in, check out Best Bits’ summary here.