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Applylng computer technology to global human needs

The last decades have seen an explosion in the availability and power of computer technology. In industrialized countries, computers contribute toward improved quality of life and increased economic vitality, in nearly every imaginable area: manufacturing and medecine, agriculture and advertising, infrastructure management and interpersonal communication.

Lesser-developed countries have not benefitted to the same extent from the computer revolution. This is due, at least in part, to the priorities of the for-profit sector; the bulk of investment and expertise in the computer industry is focused on consumer products, finance, and entertainment, not on applications for the public good. Computer technology has the potential to improve both living standards and the level of economic development in lesser-developed countries, but there are few channels for realizing this potential.

The Global Software Institute exists to apply computer technology to the meeting of global human needs. GSI focuses on appropriate, computer-based solutions to problems experienced by lesser-developed countries, and by disadvantaged minority communities within developed countriesTarget areas include improvement of primary and secondary education, human resource development, public health, natural resource management, disaster prevention and mitigation, and the preservation of archeological and cultural heritage. GSI serves as an expert consultant, assistant, or coach to government agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) who are concerned with these and related issues.

GSI's goals are to assist and work with these organizations in realizing the potentials of computer technology, and to educate them concerning its capabilities and pitfalls. GSI seeks out and participates in cooperative projects initiated by governments and NGOs. On occasion, GSI also initiates projects to exploit new possibilities for computer-based technology in improving social welfare and economic development.