Microsoft is mapping shanty towns in Brazil, in a first step to getting them online

By Kaylene Hong

157634224 Microsoft is mapping shanty towns in Brazil, in a first step to getting them online

Microsoft has started a project to map shanty towns in Brazil, known as favelas, as it seeks to “reduce the digital divide across the world.”

According to an announcement made on Microsoft’s Bing blog, bringing mapping infrastructure to these communities means that local economies can take advantage of localized information that is present online — which would help them to “fully participate in the digital town square in ways that many of us in the developed online world take for granted.”

Microsoft is optimistic that by putting Brazil’s favelas on the online map, it could even lead to building out something …read more

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