Google went to visit Iraq! is.gd/gmiR5
Apparently, they went to assess the Internet situation among the residents there. The results were shocking to those of us with an overabundance of technology. Very few people in Iraq have the Internet or even access to it, and those who do pay around $150.00 per month for a very slow connection. Our cable/phone/Internet bill is less than that combined!
Google partnered with technology workers in Iraq to look at what was going on and what could be different. Despite the lack of equipment that Iraq possesses, they stated that the techs there were very knowledgeable and very informative.
One of the main reasons for the visit of Google was to dabble in digitally-assisted goverment transparency. To do this, they polled people in the country and asked them to answer questions online. Answer questions online? You went to a country where there is little Internet access and you asked them to answer questions online? Does that make sense to you? Didn’t to me either.
Although I am sure Google is doing their best to be helpful, maybe they need to focus on providing more Internet access before utilizing the Internet to further the government. Furthering the government through technology isn’t going to happen if there is no technology to be used. Am I right?
Have a happy Wednesday!