Wireless technology may have democratized access to information in urban areas, but the vast and sometimes inaccessible rural India was, until recently, excluded from the digital map. That tribal students like Rajkumari can communicate with a universe of information providers is due to the work of organizations like Digital Empowerment Foundation (DEF).
Technology providers for NGOs like Sankalp, in collaboration with the Internet Society, are the force behind projects like “Wireless For Communities”, responsible for Internet connectivity and low-cost wi-fi technology in areas like Baran in Rajasthan, Chanderi in Madhya Pradesh, Tehri in Uttarakhand and the Garo Hills in Meghalaya. The project has established seven wireless networks across rural and tribal India, and introduced over 100 youth to wireless technologies. DEF utilized the unlicensed spectrum made available by the government.