Internet in the Street Project: Helping the Extremely Poor to Enter the Information Society

  • Corinne Chevrot
  • Emmanuelle Comtat
  • Gwenaël Navarette
  • Bruno Oudet
  • Jean-Pierre Pinet
Conference paper
Part of the IFIP International Federation for Information Processing book series (IFIPAICT, volume 223)


The most common measures so far to reduce the digital divide has been the development of telecentres (Internet public access points) that provide Internet access and specific training. However, the extremely poor very rarely enter the telecentres. In this paper, we propose a more specific approach suited to this population. We first describe the social-digital exclusion process facing the extremely poor, its inputs, its outputs, and our approach to help the poor to start to integrate the information society. We then present stories collected during our field actions in our Internet in the street project. We conclude by presenting what we have learnt so far.


digital divide extremely poor 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Corinne Chevrot
  • Emmanuelle Comtat
  • Gwenaël Navarette
  • Bruno Oudet
    • 2
  • Jean-Pierre Pinet
    • 1
  1. 1.ATD Quart MondeFrance
  2. 2.Leibniz LaboratoryUniversity of GrenobleFrance

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