Why coffee farmers need tablets: What we can learn from Colombia’s digital economy strategy

Karim Kanji, Sept 18, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I've been to Colombia five or six times in the last 8 years and have therefore been a very small part of their digital economy strategy. Poverty is still a pressing issue in Colombia, of course, but overall I have seen and agree with the contention in this post that the provision of access to technology reduces poverty. As Colombian Minister of Information Technologies and Communications Diego Molano said, "With technology we will have access to services like education and even tele-medicine. This in turn leads to more job creation... For example, we are sending 4500 tablets to public schools in one native village  which will be pre-loaded with seven aboriginal languages. These people will have the same opportunity to access knowledge from across the world." Good interview, but I wish it were more detailed and more in-depth. See also Top 10 Reasons to Invest in Bogota. "Successful award-winning digital startups include Brainz, NDIteravision (a Canadian-Colombian partnership), Efecto Studios, Below The Game, Gara Entertainment, Higuera Studios, Audio Ninja, 360 Digital, and Real Fun Learning."

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