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The Former Uk Prime Minister Uses His Connections To Democratise Broadband.

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Former prime minister Gordon Brown has started to put in place a strategy that will establish him as a major force for democracy on the internet.

He has agreed to join Tim Berners-Lee on the board of the World Wide Web Foundation where he will advise on ways to bring affordable internet connectivity to disadvantaged regions such as Africa.

He has also joined Queen Rania of Jordan’s Global Campaign for Education as convenor of the panel on Education for All. With his wife, he has also established the Gordon and Sarah Brown Foundation to provide staff to manage the projects.

His new roles have been described as pro bono (voluntary) positions, according to a statement. “He will continue to write on global issues, as he has been doing recently with articles on the desperate plight of those in Pakistan and Niger,” the release said.

“Gordon and Sarah have always made clear they are determined to continue to make their contribution to public life and these latest initiatives are a sign of Gordon's priorities for the future," it explained.

Brown’s recruitment by the WWW Foundation follows the current government’s axing of his outlined initiative to put £30 million into a proposed Institute of Web Science under Berners-Lee.

"I support the Web Foundation's mission to promote the advancement of the Web, as well as access to it, especially in Africa where the web can act as a catalyst for economic growth," Brown said.

The broadband situation in Africa is critical. Even South Africa, the most advanced nation on that continent, charges around £80 per month for connection through Telkom, its state-owned infrastructure.

I'm sure many in Africa will be relieved at Gordon Brown's intervention. I'm sure that access to the internet in many rural areas is a top priority.

I mean what's more important getting the village well or getting internet access to find out what Kerry Katona is up to?

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I'm sure many in Africa will be relieved at Gordon Brown's intervention. I'm sure that access to the internet in many rural areas is a top priority.

I mean what's more important getting the village well or getting internet access to find out what Kerry Katona is up to?

Gordon Brown did a great deal to alleviate 3rd world poverty - he allowed huge numbers to move here and claim benefits for a start.

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I'm sure many in Africa will be relieved at Gordon Brown's intervention. I'm sure that access to the internet in many rural areas is a top priority.

I mean what's more important getting the village well or getting internet access to find out what Kerry Katona is up to?

The answer is: internet access.

An anecdotal: visiting a village in South America, a small silversmith's workshop. Plain soil floor, adobe walls. A rickety workbench, a selection of twisted metal twigs on it that might have been a toolset. Forget anything fancy like extractor fans for the lethal fumes...

And next door: a nearly-new PC with internet access, costing probably a year's wages. The PC was used to swap emails, photos and contracts with designers in Europe and the USA. Basically, they'd get a photo from a designer "copy this jewellery and make these changes", they'd make it in the workshop, then FedEx it. No need for any of the traditional middlemen, so the profit margin for the silversmith goes up several hundred per cent.

My point: the internet isn't just about Kerry Katona.

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The answer is: internet access.

An anecdotal: visiting a village in South America, a small silversmith's workshop. Plain soil floor, adobe walls. A rickety workbench, a selection of twisted metal twigs on it that might have been a toolset. Forget anything fancy like extractor fans for the lethal fumes...

And next door: a nearly-new PC with internet access, costing probably a year's wages. The PC was used to swap emails, photos and contracts with designers in Europe and the USA. Basically, they'd get a photo from a designer "copy this jewellery and make these changes", they'd make it in the workshop, then FedEx it. No need for any of the traditional middlemen, so the profit margin for the silversmith goes up several hundred per cent.

My point: the internet isn't just about Kerry Katona.

Were they in a vase, was he trying to sell the place?

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Great PR for Broon - his work is unpaid (or so he says), while Tony rakes in the millions.

Internet for Africa sounds great. Can't help thinking that evil-doers will then want to police access in the name of do-goodery.

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This is a great idea. I can imagine unfettered access to porn in Africa will result in a lower birth rate as the Africans will have the option of knocking one out instead of knocking the wife (wives) up.

Gordon saves the world (again)

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Gordon is not very good at engaging in open debate, even though Cameron gave him an easy ride.

I'm not sure the internet is the right medium for him - you need to be an excellent communicator to shine on the internet

Maybe TV....

But you need a good smile to be on TV

Maybe radio.....

But you need a non-regionalised accent for that.......

Maybe Books

But you need to be able to read and write to be taken seriously in that game.

I think maybe sandpit drawing is about Gordons level. Funy really - I have a sneaky suspicion that that is what he is doing right now

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