Digital Divide – The Challenge
One of the CSR of Servus Technologies, Inc. is Digital Divide Philippines. For years, we are focused on trying to provide affordable I.T. to MSMEs and sharing technology learnings to narrow the gap of the Digital Divide under http://www.smepinoy.com.
While watching CNN’s Inside Africa, it struck me that they are selling Satellite Dishes in the market in Africa. As Netflix and Internet TV flourished during the pandemic, it struck me how Satellite TV is still being sold as a valuable commodity in some countries. I am seating comfortably in my couch with browsing with Fiber Internet while watching Cable TV but a majority of people around the world is still not connected. Even in the Philippines, there were people in the far flung barrios who were disconnected through their only link when their AM radio became silent when ABS-CBN franchise was not renewed. The instant effect was they were not informed to prepare for typhoons. The fisherman who monitor the weather thru their AM Radios proceed to the sea even when there is a typhoons warning. They cannot afford a Satellite Dish much more a TV and electricity to power these devices.
Digital Divide in this decade is not having access to I.T. Technology, Digital Divide in this decade is not being connected. Radio has fallen out of the tri-media marketing years ago. Digital Marketing has overtaken TV as the top choice. Who will invest content and technology in Radio when they would not make money?
I had an epiphany, I want to develop a cheap satellite radio system and device. Not affordable but a cheap device so every fisherman using double-A batteries can afford it. This requires an Elon Mask type of investment. How can I call Bill Gates, he is now a Philanthropist? This can be a good advocacy to continue the legacy of Microsoft. Facebook tried this, the only limitation with Facebook’s program is you still need to be within the signal coverage of telecommunications companies. How do I contact Mark Zuckerberg?
Although this project can make me the next Steve Jobs, I do not have the contact and resources to do so. Instead, I will share this idea to everyone and hope someone who has the resources can take this challenge and create the smart radio using satellite technology. While Servus will continue to help narrow the gap of the Digital Divide by sharing affordable I.T. to MSMEs, we have now a new advocacy to make this challenge to anyone who has the resources. To create a cheap Satellite Radio so all people in the world will be connected. Next phase, is to create a smart radio.
The United National Environment Program (UNEP) says “Electronic waste (or eWaste) is becoming an increasingly pressing problem in developing countries as sales of electronics surge and enforcement of environmental laws remains lax…”
(Source : http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/story/2010/02/22/tech-e-waste-report.html)
What is eWaste?
Wikipedia.org defines eWaste or Electronic Waste as discarded computers, office electronic equipment, entertainment device electronics, mobile phones, television sets and refrigerators. This definition includes used electronics which are destined for reuse, resale, salvage, recycling, or disposal. Others define the re-usables (working and repairable electronics) and secondary scrap (copper, steel, plastic, etc.) to be “commodities”, and reserve the term “waste” for residue or material which is dumped by the buyer rather than recycled, including residue from reuse and recycling operations. Because loads of surplus electronics are frequently commingled (good, recyclable, and non-recyclable), several public policy advocates apply the term “e-waste” broadly to all surplus electronics. Cathode ray tubes (CRT) are considered one of the hardest types to recycle. CRTs have relatively high concentration of lead and phosphors (not to be confused with phosphorus), both of which are necessary for the display. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) includes discarded CRT monitors in its category of “hazardous household waste” but considers CRTs that have been set aside for testing to be commodities if they are not discarded, speculatively accumulated, or left unprotected from weather and other damage. (Source : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronic_waste)
Servus Technologies, Inc. acknowledges the problem of electronic waste by simply throwing out your old electronic devices. Our response to this call is to promote ReCycle-ReFurbish-ReUse.