@P:HC we think that access to the internet should be a right.
At Project: Human City, we do our best to integrate affordable, free internet into all of our land development, public outreach and services. So we can all connect easier and more frequently. Also, we want to make the internet more accessible as a matter of law, so we plan to design policies that reinforce our commitment to this social right.
Access to the internet is a complex infrastructure and social issue, but with the internet’s ability to share information and connect communities, we at P: HC think that partnering with the public to design and create locally owned internet connections can help empower people everywhere and make the internet an affordable social asset for everyone.
Some Ideas We're Thinking About:
Project: Connect = Equity + Access + Community Control
Why is this important?
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- 4 out of 7 billion people on this planet don’t have access to the internet
- 31% of the global population doesn’t have 3G internet coverage (15% don’t have electricity)
- Free internet programs often promote or streamline content, which is counter-intuitive to what the internet is supposed to be: an open platform
- 15% of adults globally are considered illiterate. There are also cultural issues, with women up to 50% less likely to be using the internet than men
- The vast majority (80%) of online content is only available in 10 languages, which only about 3 billion people speak as their first language.