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Presentated at Multimodal Web workshop, Madrid, on 26 October 2010

Presentated at Multimodal Web workshop, Madrid, on 26 October 2010

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  • 1. Advance  the  Web  to   Empower  People   The Remaining 5 Billion Why is Most of The World's Population Not Online and What Mobile Phones Can Do About It Max Froumentin, Program Manager World Wide Web Foundation October 2010
  • 2. (photo: Nasa) World population 2010 Copyright © 2009. World Wide Web Foundation. All rights reserved 2
  • 3. (photo: opte.org) 1.7 billion (25%) Regular internet users Copyright © 2009. World Wide Web Foundation. All rights reserved 3
  • 4. 5.1 bn (75%) Have access to the Web Copyright © 2009. World Wide Web Foundation. All rights reserved 4
  • 5. 3.4 bn (50%) World population that has access to the Web but doesn’t use it Copyright © 2009. World Wide Web Foundation. All rights reserved 5
  • 6. That seems like a lot 75% of the world’s population have access to the Web Really? Copyright © 2009. World Wide Web Foundation. All rights reserved 6
  • 7. What is internet access? Desktop Copyright © 2009. World Wide Web Foundation. All rights reserved 7
  • 8. It’s also mobile Copyright © 2009. World Wide Web Foundation. All rights reserved 8
  • 9. It’s also mobile Very few people Copyright © 2009. World Wide Web Foundation. All rights reserved 9
  • 10. Messaging Texting Copyright © 2009. World Wide Web Foundation. All rights reserved 10
  • 11. Calling Copyright © 2009. World Wide Web Foundation. All rights reserved 11
  • 12. What the Web actually is HTTP URI URI Web The Web Browser URI Copyright © 2009. World Wide Web Foundation. All rights reserved 12
  • 13. What the Web actually is HTTP URI URI Web The Web Browser Mobile URI Browser Copyright © 2009. World Wide Web Foundation. All rights reserved 13
  • 14. What the Web actually is SMS Gateway Voice Browser HTTP URI URI Web The Web Browser Mobile URI Browser Apps & Widgets Copyright © 2009. World Wide Web Foundation. All rights reserved 14
  • 15. What the Web actually is SMS Gateway Voice Browser The The HTTP Web Web I The Web The Web The Browser The Web Web Web The The URI Mobile Web Web Browser Apps & Widgets Copyright © 2009. World Wide Web Foundation. All rights reserved 15
  • 16. Consequences Why are there 3.4 billion people not using the Web? Copyright © 2009. World Wide Web Foundation. All rights reserved 16
  • 17. Consequences -  Language not supported (speech, fonts, etc.) -  No relevant content -  No interesting content -  No local content -  No useful content -  Not in my language -  I can’t read -  My government doesn’t allow it Copyright © 2009. World Wide Web Foundation. All rights reserved 17
  • 18. 1. Technical issues / SMS SMS •  Output: display of characters •  Fixed 160-byte payload •  Originally 140 7-bit ASCII •  Then 70 16-bit Unicode •  Then 140 7-bit language tables •  Input •  12-key dial pads •  or more sophisticated •  No documentation •  No authoring tools, etc. Copyright © 2009. World Wide Web Foundation. All rights reserved 18
  • 19. 1. Technical issues / Voice Voice (Interactive Voice Response) •  Output: prompts ok, speech synthesis very limited •  Input: either dial-pad, or speech recognition •  Acceptance of dialog systems / NLP •  Similar connected issues as SMS for development Copyright © 2009. World Wide Web Foundation. All rights reserved 19
  • 20. 2. Non-technical issues No content that is: •  local •  interesting •  relevant Copyright © 2009. World Wide Web Foundation. All rights reserved 20
  • 21. Consequences No knowledge of: •  Applications •  Technology •  Business models Copyright © 2009. World Wide Web Foundation. All rights reserved 21
  • 22. Consequences Business opportunities •  Seed funding •  Revenue model Copyright © 2009. World Wide Web Foundation. All rights reserved 22
  • 23. Chhattisgarh Copyright © 2009. World Wide Web Foundation. All rights reserved 23
  • 24. CGNet Swara Chhattisgarh Copyright © 2009. World Wide Web Foundation. All rights reserved 24
  • 25. The Web For Regreening Alliance Copyright © 2009. World Wide Web Foundation. All rights reserved 25
  • 26. W4RA Yacouba Sawadogo Copyright © 2009. World Wide Web Foundation. All rights reserved 26
  • 27. Conclusion Many opportunities Many problems Copyright © 2009. World Wide Web Foundation. All rights reserved 27