Con­nect­ing the world to the in­ter­net

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The rate at which tech­nol­ogy is ad­vanc­ing is rapid – it’s chang­ing the way we com­mu­ni­cate with friends and fam­ily, the way we work, and the way our chil­dren are ed­u­cated. And it’s all on the back of the in­ter­net. Yet, there are nearly four bil­lion peo­ple in the De­vel­op­ing World who still have no ac­cess to the in­ter­net. Be­ing un­able to take ad­van­tage of the a con­nected world is not re­stricted to African and Asian na­tions, how­ever – there are mil­lions of peo­ple in ru­ral Amer­ica and in re­mote com­mu­ni­ties in Aus­tralia that are still off­line. Large, ex­tremely well­funded tech com­pa­nies like Face­book, Elon Musk’s SpaceX, and Google are, how­ever, try­ing to bridge the dig­i­tal di­vide, find­ing new and in­no­va­tive ways to con­nect the re­mote cor­ners of the world.

Image: Pris­matic/BAE Sys­tems

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