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Global tech access – Initiative launched

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Hewlett-Packard wants to make digital technology available to the two-thirds of the world’s population living in developing nations, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Oct. 12.

HP’s new “E-Inclusion” initiative will focus on new programs and partnerships, such as helping farming villages acquire computers and encouraging American consumers to buy from stores that sell items from developing nations on a “fair trade” basis.

All of HP’s business units will be involved in developing the initiative, which the company views as a business venture, not a philanthropic endeavor.

In the first year of the initiative, which already has pilot programs in Bangladesh and Central America, HP wants to establish partnerships with corporations, nonprofits and individuals to provide $1 billion worth of products and services to developing nations throughout the world.

For full story, go to the San Francisco Chronicle. 

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