18 February, 2020
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Syllabus subtopic: Awareness in the fields of IT, Space, Computers, Robotics, Nano-technology, Bio-technology and issues relating to Intellectual Property Rights.
Prelims and Mains focus: about the programme and reasons for its shutdown; about internet penetration in India
News: After five years of providing free internet access to people in developing countries, Google plans to shut down its Station program.
What was the Station programme?
Why is it shutting down the programme?
Initiatives by other companies
Besides Google, several other tech companies have tried to narrow the digital divide in developing countries, with some finding more success than others. For example, Facebook's Free Basics initiative was banned in India in 2016 over net neutrality concerns.
Internet consumption in India
Source: The Hindu
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