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Monday, November 1, 1999 Published at 19:01 GMT

Bridging the digital divide

In this special report, BBC News Online probes the growing gap between the information rich and information poor: How big is it? Why? And how are individuals and communities around the globe trying to bridge the digital divide?

Losing ground bit by bit

The hype for everything online obscures the reality about how technology is changing life at the end of the 20th century.

Plugging in to the revolution

Plugged In, a non-profit organisation in East Palo Alto, offers residents state-of-the-art computers and courses to build their literacy and computer skills, work on their CVs or make money as Web designers.

Making ends meet in Morocco
Thanks to the Internet Fadma Bouadou can now sell her wares in the global marketplace, earning enough money to take care of herself and two daughters.
The cost of communication
Communication has never been easy in Mongolia. The Internet seems the natural answer but the problem is less one of infrastructure than the cost of getting online.

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