Techwatch: May 25, 1998

TOILETS TAKE THE BACK SEAT IN THE THIRD WORLD

For developing nations in the info age, it's a question of priorities: Do you want a working toilet or do you want the World Wide Web? Many seem to be choosing the Web. Access to adequate sanitation facilities in Latin America and Asia is falling while Web use is growing geometrically, according to a new report from the Worldwatch Institute. In China, 4 million people are expected to be online by the year 2000, though not even half of them have a toilet. Africans get the worst deal--few toilets and even fewer...

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