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The Importance of Broadband Connectivity in Developing Countries

Originally posted on the Huffington Post on 01/23/2013

Stephen Ondieki lives in Africa’s second-largest slum, Kibera in Kenya, where most residents earn less than US$1 a day. However, Stephen owns a computer repair shop that not only enables him to earn US$8 a day, but also to give back to his community by turning his shop into a hang-out spot for youth, whom he mentors and teaches about IT and networking. “They see me overcoming the same challenges they face and they’re motivated to try to make some changes themselves,” he says.

Stephen acquired his IT skills through training with the Cisco Networking Academy, a program that collaborates with organizations around the world to teach hundreds of thousands of students the skills needed to build, design, and maintain networks -- an increasingly crucial skill in an increasingly networked world.

Tae_BB_012313Stephen Ondieki is a graduate of the academy at Raila Education Centre in Kibera.

Stephen’s success and community outreach in Kibera would not have been possible without reliable and affordable access to a broadband connection. For Stephen and for many other individuals in developing countries around the world, broadband connectivity acts as a powerful catalyst as well as an anchor for economic and social advancement.

Read the complete post on Huffington Post Impact X.

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Public Sector BYOD Series: Streamline IT for a Mobile-Ready Work Strategy

For this week’s final Public Sector BYOD Thursday post, I wanted to discuss a survey  that illustrated what employees want and need when it comes to IT in the workplace:

  • Control over the work experience—the ability to use technology to personal preference, in ways that improve productivity and enhance job satisfaction.
  • Choice when it comes to devices and the ability to use preferred, personally owned devices to complete work-related tasks.
  • Flexibility to perform personal activities at work and work activities on personal time.
  • Mobility that enables anytime, anywhere connections to colleagues, customers and partners.

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Connecting the Conventions and Bringing You the Real Inside Scoop

This week I got the chance to go to the Democratic National Convention for Cisco’s newsroom website, The Network. As Blair Christie announced last week in her blog The 2012 U.S. National Conventions: Compelling, Collaborative… Connected  - Cisco is the official networking provider to both the RNC and DNC conventions.

Covering big events like this is something our team loves to do, many of us have a journalism background but now we don’t necessarily look for stories about the event – now we look for stories about the technology that enables the event. Not just any technology but, of course, the networking technology that makes this national event possible. While my photographer and I walked around and got interviews with engineers, the CIO and the programming director for Cisco and the DNC – we watched as journalists and social media influencers walked the floor grabbing images and quotes from people and quickly turning everything around on their twitter accounts and sending the information back to get it on their websites. I have to admit we did get caught up with the rest of the media waiting for the first lady to come out on stage to greet everyone before the event even started, but come on – who wouldn’t wait for that image.

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A spot of Wi-Fi, dear?

Connectivity Underground!

After just one day in London, I began to take the Tube system of transportation for granted. It’s just so easy to zip from one side of town to the other – no traffic, continuous service and more destinations than any person can hit during one vacation.

I felt savvy and confident using the Tube given my previous experience commuting on the NYC subway for 7 years. But I had a moment of panic when I remembered that I was without an international data plan; could I really survive 5 days without my “data”? Not being able to make calls or to send or receive texts was scary enough, but finding my way around a new city without a mapping app in my hand? Unimaginable! Turns out the Tube was the solution to my problem. Wi-Fi was readily available, for FREE, in Tube stations around the city. Since I was constantly out and on the go, I actually found myself relying on my underground travel time to connect with friends, make plans, post to Twitter and Facebook and even buy a new book for my e-reader! Read More »

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Cisco: Connecting You to The 2012 Olympic Games

Watch Cisco VP Marie Hattar as she discusses the 2012 Summer Olympics and its ability to connect humans across the globe. Cisco, an official 2012 Games sponsor, has implemented its Borderless Networks infrastructure, which allows us all to share and create new Olympic experiences.

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