Much of the debate about how to connect the world’s next billion internet users suffers from a lack of nuance, with many believing a person either has a stable internet connection, or nothing at all. That binary perspective misses the myriad creative in-betweens. From migrant workers in China logging on in back-alley internet cafés, to a student in Mexico buying prepaid data cards, millions of people improvise their own web access using social ties and local surroundings.
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Author: Zach Hyman
Zach designs and markets goods and services for low-income consumers. He currently works at a social enterprise in Myanmar.
Author: An Xiao Mina
An Xiao Mina looks at global internet culture, leads the product team at Meedan, and is co- founder of The Civic Beat, a research collective. @anxiaostudio