The Digital Provide: What Information Technology Can Do For the World's Poorest

Several high-tech leaders, including Bill Gates, question the value of information technology (IT) for developing countries, especially when compared to priorities like food, medicines and schools. In a sense, they are correct; anti-virus software is no substitute for vaccines. But Mr. Gates, also an eminent vaccine philanthropist, and his fellow doubters are selling their industry short by overlooking the many things IT