New Study Group: N3B (Next Three Billion) #internet #mobile


Tuesday, February 5, 2019, 11:45am to 1:00pm


1 Brattle, Suite 470, Cambridge, MA

Please join Shorenstein Center Visiting Fellow, Jim Cashel, for a study group that will explore what happens as the next three billion people come online over the next three to five years. Most of those coming online are from poor, rural communities in developing countries. This study group will look at what is happening regarding internet extension currently, what are the opportunities that arise, and what are the main challenges.

The goal of the N3B study group is to discuss what is happening regarding internet extension from a policy and technical perspective, and to think about how organizations can best prepare. We also would like to build a community of people across HKS (and Harvard) thinking about these issues.

This study group will meet three times over the semester for 75 minutes each time. There will be optional reading offered in advance. We promise lunch!

  • February 5: 11:45 - 1:00: Meet, introductions, goals for study group, current circumstances of internet extension.
  • March 5: 11:45 - 1:00: The promise of internet extension: government services, finance, health, education, other topics.
  • April 9: 11:45 - 1:00: The perils of internet extension: fraud, privacy issues, hate speech. What should organizations do to best prepare?

Please join us! Tell your colleagues!

Jim Cashel is Chairman of Forum One Communications, a digital communications firm which works at the nexus of technology, public policy, and online community. Cashel is researching broadband extension in the developing world, and its impact on media. His upcoming paper, “Broadband Everywhere: Media Implications of Internet Access for the Next Three Billion” will be published by the Shorenstein Center this winter, as he continues his research into the impacts of rapidly expanding internet access across the globe.

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