Bringing Computers and the Internet to Underdeveloped Countries

Scholarship Entrant: Matthew from Granville, Ohio
Essay Question: If you could earn a living doing what you love most, what would it be, and how would it change the world? Describe the specific goals you would set to make that dream a reality.
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If I could make a living doing something that I loved to do that would change the world, it would probably be to bring cheap computers and stable internet connections to poor and underdeveloped countries. Having been infatuated with computers for a considerable portion of my life, I understand just how much computers positively influence everyday life, and quite frankly I couldn’t imagine living without computers and the internet. As ingrained as computers and the internet are in our everyday life, it is difficult to imagine that as of 2013, roughly 60% of the world still does not have access to the internet. That means that over 4 billion (that’s billion, with a B) people still don’t have access to arguably the most important and influential collaborative invention of the 20th century, and perhaps all of human history. Several steps would need to be overcome in order to address this issue, such as making sure a stable source of cheap, preferably green electricity was available, getting cheap, but quality computers widely distributed, and finally setting up a reliable, cheap high speed internet connection, with adequate training to teach people how to use these new tools. In doing this, we could help developing countries in a multitude of ways, by giving them a means to communicate with the rest of the world. In doing this, we can help them help themselves, and work towards getting 100% of the world’s population connected.

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