In the Dark

While we search for faster modems, the homeless poor of Haiti search for a shorter walk to get clean water. Thanks to the Internet, for most of us the world is getting smaller and faster with each passing month. For the chronically poor in Haiti, the world is getting more bitter and more painful by the day. They live outside the global village, in a dark, electrically-starved world of hunger and disease. Today, wealth is tied to information, which is tied to access to the Internet. With no access to even electricity let alone to the Internet, the poor are left literally and figuratively in the dark. While the Internet has created a world without walls, the poor are walled out of that world, forced to live in an informational ghetto, unable to compete in the global economy.

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