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Bridging the Digital Divide: Bridging the Digital Divide to support rural life towards a sustainable future
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Bridging the Digital Divide to support rural life towards a sustainable future

In the small Indonesian village of Cibodas in Java/Indonesia, we taught the locals in 1980 how to build a special 'smart' water pump, so that they could build with their own hands and means.
Seven months later, eighty more of these pumps were operating in this village alone. Two years later thousands of these pumps could be found al over Indonesia.
The smart pumps spread from Indonesia through Haiti to Nicaragua. In this region more than a hundred thousand of these pumps are now in operation.
Why are the smart pumps so successful? Because they?re fully compatible with local capacity and means, and they give a better output than what industry offers. The pumps also allow for local upkeep and repair.
People who use the pumps get enthusiastic about them, and the news of their effectiveness spreads fast
While producing smart technology for rural villages is very viable, over the years it has been difficult to attain a single group of designers. A virtual community of engineers and social workers should be able to produce this ?smartness?. The need to produce and implement these pumps is urgent ?


Bridging the Digital Divide: Bridging the Digital Divide to support rural life towards a sustainable future
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