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The digital divide: can technology really help end poverty?

Two-thirds of the world's population don't have the Internet, and tech giants like Facebook and Google are attempting to change that by offering free Internet to remote countries and villages around the world.

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Facebook launched a new app last week, but it’s only available in Zambia where only about 11 percent of the population uses the Internet. The app,, is an effort to connect “every one of us. Everywhere,” its slogan touts.
And Facebook isn’t alone. It joins Google’s Project Loon, which for the past year has been launching 200-foot, lighter-than-air helium balloons 12 miles above the earth to create a network that provides the Internet in remote areas of Brazil and New Zealand.
These efforts are part of a larger trend by tech giants to bring the ...

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