Digital Finance in Africa

Digital finance in Africa cannot be told without the mention of m-pesa and mobile money in Kenya. The story is told of a post-independence Africa that was pursuing its quest for industrialization and urbanization. This resulted in increased rural to urban migration, often leading to family members, pursuing job opportunities in the urban areas with Read More

Digital Humanism for Life in the Cloud

In a summary of a chapter in the forthcoming book, “Society X.O in the Rise of a New Epoch – The Human Factor in Social, Economic and Relational Ecosystems”, Mei Lin Fung and Leng Lim explore what we really mean by “home on the cloud”, and consider the future of our digital lives. While the Read More

The Tribal Resource Center: Digital Opportunities Through Tribal Broadband

People-Centered Internet is excited to announce the formation of a new Tribal Resource Center (TRC) to support digital opportunities enabled by broadband connectivity to provide high-speed Internet connections on Tribal lands! This initiative is supported by a grant from the Internet Society Foundation and partners like George Mason University and the Althea company.   Too Read More

Connecting Kenya: A Conversation with Bitange Ndemo

Ndemo is known as a pioneer for Internet access in Kenya. He led the establishment of TEAMS, the fiber optic cable system from Mombasa to Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates, linking Kenya to the rest of the world. The history of the effort to create TEAMS, it turns out, relied on government investment and trust for Ndemo’s vision.

Digital Puerto Rico and Resiliency Innovation Network

Building a resilience ecosystem in Puerto Rico

In 2018, following the devastation of hurricanes Irma and Maria in Puerto Rico, People-Centered Internet fielded a team of experts, working with the RAND Corporation, to offer recommendations for leveraging the Internet for the archipelago’s recovery plan. This initiative followed extensive disaster response work by PCI community member, Melvin Cordova, through his “Project Coqui.” PCI team members — including Marci Harris, Mei Lin Fung, and Lin Wells — traveled multiple times to Puerto Rico to engage with local business leaders, innovators, academics, and policymakers. They also participated in a knowledge-exchange trip, organized by Mei Lin Fung, for leaders from Puerto Rico to visit Singapore and engage with their counterparts in business, government, and academia to learn from Singapore’s post-colonial transformation. PCI’s work culminated in 11 recommendations (courses of action or “COAs”) for leveraging federal programs and private resources for Puerto Rico’s recovery and were included in the plan submitted to Congress.