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TEK: Internet Search System for Low-Connectivity Communities Saman Amarasinghe Bill Thies Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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TEK Team • Current Saman Amarasinghe - Marjorie Cheng Bill Thies Previous participants Libby Levison (PI) Samidh Chakrabarti Tazeen Mahtab Genevieve Cuevas Saad Shakhshir Janelle Prevost Mark Halsey Hongfei Tian Damon Berry – Bihn Vo Sheldon Chan Sid Henderson – Alexandro Artola
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Percentage of Country’s Population Online Internet Users Worldwide Copyright 2004, Matthew Zook. Data Source: ClickZ Stats.
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Barriers to Internet Access • Infrastructure Limited phone lines Low-bandwidth international links Unreliable power supplies High costs Computer unaffordable or unavailable ISP, telephone costs can exceed local wage Exacerbated by slow connections Social barriers Illiterate or non-technical users Lack of local content
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0% 10% 20% 30% 40% 50% 60% 70% 80% 90% 100% Nigeria Malawi Kenya Papau New Guinnea Sri Lanka Vietnam Nepal Macedonia Pakistan Bangladesh Ecuador Georgia Mexico Bosnia and Herzegovina Kazahkstan Zimbabwe Albania Indonesia India Phillipinnes South Africa Iran Romania Brazil Colombia Croatia Argentina Bulgaria Australia United States Austria Czeck Republic Saudi Arabia Cost of Dial-up Internet Access as a Fraction of Household Income 240% 140% Sources: ISP Websites 2005, UNDP Development Report 2004, WorldBank 2003 Monthly Internet access: 30 hours Or unlimited rate (if cheaper) Monthly household income derived from GNP per capita Ignore richest 20% of population Household size: 2.5
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