Getting Wired: Cyber Paradise

A tiny island in the Indian Ocean is wiring itself to be an Internet hub--and has jobs for U.S. techies

On any other Tuesday morning, the women of the Grand Gaube sewing club would be swapping knitting patterns or recipes. But today the dozen Mauritian homemakers have piled into a bus fitted out with nine networked desktop computers for an introductory visit to cyberspace. Earlier visits by the cybercaravan to their small town have taught them how to use a mouse and a keyboard and how to navigate Windows. Now it's time to learn about the Web. It takes about half an hour before the women are surfing sites showcasing the latest fashion designs from overseas. "We're surprised how quickly people...

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