An Indian Civilizational Perspective

Microsoft Installing 50,000 self sustaining IT kiosks in Rural India

Here is Mr. Gates at it again 🙂 he is targetting the rural India to imprint the MSFT products so deeply that transition to another product may be downright tough for the ill-educated masses. Is it good or bad? I dont know. Its good in that he will help create infrastructure and a culture that will align itself with technologies like internet better and leverage its awesome power! Later this very infrastructure could be used to grow further. Bad, because it will start costing after a while. But then if such an infrastructure is created then parallel experiments using Linux and other Open Source software may not be so tough!

Microsoft has announced that it will be installing 50,000 self-sustaining IT kiosks in rural India as part of an initiative called Saksham, to provide services like:

  • Government to citizen services
  • Health services
  • Agriculture services
  • Commercial services
  • Communication services
  • Entertainment content & services
  • Desktop publishing
  • Education content and services

These will be launched as a partnership with 3 organizations: Drishti, Jai Kisan and n-Logue.

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