Silicon Valley And World Leaders To Partner, Bring Technology To Developing Countries

Subject: General Tech | March 1, 2007 - 04:09 PM |

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Feb. 28, 2007 - Members of a special United Nations group met today with Silicon Valley leaders to explore how the technology industry, government and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) can come together to bolster development around the world.

Intel Corporation and the U.N.'s Global Alliance for Information and Communications Technology and Development (U.N. GAID) jointly organized the summit. Intel Chairman Craig Barrett, who also chairs the U.N. GAID, said the meeting provided a critical platform for sharing ideas and forging partnerships among prominent members of government, the international development community and Silicon Valley's businesses, academia and the venture capital industry.

"The U.N. GAID was formed last year to partner with private industry and NGOs to accelerate access to computers, connectivity and rich local content to improve entrepreneurship, education, health care and government services," said Barrett, who traveled last fall to 10 developing countries to explore how technology was being used in rural areas.

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