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Digital Divide Data in the San Jose Mercury News

December 29, 2011 by

A new story gives us a glimpse into the lives of Digital Divide Data (DDD) workers in Cambodia. Skoll Awardee DDD gives young tech workers opportunities they would likely never have otherwise, and much higher salaries than their peers. An excerpt:

“Chhum Bunthy, a 25-year-old who has been in the program for three years, is studying to be an architect. He lives in a two-story, brick-and-concrete home with his family, which doesn’t have enough money to complete the unfinished building. His father works as a laborer and his mother is a street vendor who sells barbecue beef.

‘My dream is for her to stop selling the beef,’ said Chhum, who leaves home every day at 4:30 a.m. He eyed his mother, 47-year-old Chun Chhen, putting bits of beef on skewers, flies buzzing around her face. ‘I want her and (my father) to be able to stay home.’

…Digital Divide Data…receives funding from the Palo Alto-based Skoll Foundation …its client list includes universities around the globe and publishers who use the nonprofit to digitize books for the iPad, Kindle and Sony Reader. Google hired the nonprofit to manage its AdWords campaign in Africa.”

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