Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Net kiosks to bridge digital divide

A report in Economic Times about Internet kiosks planned for rural India by 2007 to bridge the digital divide.
The biggest benefit, which is largely un-quantified, goes to villagers for whom a kiosk is a one-stop shop for their information needs ranging from agriculture prices, health, matrimonial and astrology. However, a kiosk is not merely a cyber cafi of rural India.
Apart from providing data driven services, it also imparts computer education and functions as a digital photo studio. Subscription-based information services are, an integral part of the kiosk. For this, kiosk agencies generally tie up with companies to provide insurance policies, health queries, agri data, matrimonial and astrology related queries.

Wonder what problems are being solved?---services for matrimonial and astrology queries and for digital photos!

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