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Monday, March 15 • 9:00am - 9:30am
Half the World: Offline Internet International Consortium

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Half the world’s population has no broadband, while many more have limited access (bad data plans, bad politicians, bad socioeconomic conditions, emergency situations [post-disaster, post-conflict]). The Offline Internet Consortium began with an international summit at Arizona State University in January 2018 and now counts some thirty organizations and continues to grow. The fundamental insight is that in many circumstances, networked information delivered in non-networked ways can be a powerful force for social welfare and development. Very small solar-powered servers can go anywhere—e.g., in the hands of Peace Corps volunteers in Micronesia. Creative use of TV white space or satellite downloads can circumvent censorship and political black spots. The project briefing will describe some of the basic tools, report on successes and ambitions, and help attendees understand whether they or colleagues would have an interest in participating.

https://solarspell.org/ (many more are linked from the Offline Internet URL)

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Jim O'Donnell

University Librarian, Arizona State University
I've long been interested in using networked information to advance dissemination and use of the most valuable information resources we share, founding an online journal in 1990, teaching over the Internet in 1994, and later serving as CIO at Penn and Provost at Georgetown.  For... Read More →
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Ann Okerson

Senior Advisor, Center for Research Libraries
Throughout my work at the Yale University Library and also the Center for Research Libraries, the opportunities and challenges facing international librarianship have had a compelling interest for me.  For 25 years, I've also worked on these issues through participation in IFLA (the... Read More →

Monday March 15, 2021 9:00am - 9:30am EDT
Pre-recorded Video