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TED Goes Even More Global



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TED Goes Even More Global

Chapel Hill, North Carolina (May 4, 2015)


TED talks, big ideas in short Internet videos, are about to spread even further thanks to a collaboration with the eGranary Digital Library.


All 1,900 TED talks will be included in the next release of the off-line “Internet in a Box” that is used in over 1,000 locations that lack adequate Internet access in places like Africa and India.


The eGranary, produced by the non-profit WiderNet Project, will help TED’s mission of spreading worthwhile ideas.  While people in the developed world can easily access all the TED talks on the Web, two-thirds of the world lacks Internet access.  This is where the eGranary comes in.  Opening Web pages from the eGranary requires no Internet connection, so users can view TED’s innovative and inspirational messages quickly and freely. 


“As TED extends its mission to hard-to-reach parts of the world, particularly where Internet connectivity is constrained or costly, we’re keen to partner with the right platforms to reach these underserved regions,” says Deron Triff, TED’s Director of Global Distribution and Licensing.  "eGranary’s solution is an important part of our strategy and we’re excited to support their efforts."


Both TED and WiderNet are committed to the power of education and ideas to change lives.  This partnership will spread inspiring TED stories of innovation and hope to millions of new users.


“Everybody needs a new idea a day,” says Cliff Missen, WiderNet Director, who was a TED Fellow 2007 and has organized TEDx events.  “The addition of the TED Talks to the next eGranary will spread important and exciting ideas to people who have been left out of the conversation.”


TED is an internationally known nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks in 18 minutes or less. TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages.


The eGranary was created in order to provide educational resources to the two thirds of the world’s population that doesn’t have Internet access.  The eGranary, WiderNet Project’s centerpiece program, is an off-line collection of over 32 million resources, including videos, articles, books and images, accessible over local area networks at speeds thousands of times faster than typical Internet connections.  The eGranary already contains millions of innovative resources to educate and empower underserved populations around the world, like Wikipedia and the Khan Academy. 



The WiderNet Project is a non-profit organization in Chapel Hill that works to deliver educational resources to underprivileged individuals and communities worldwide and improve their digital communication.  Affiliated with the School of Information and Library Science at UNC Chapel Hill, they have delivered eGranary Digital Libraries, replete with more than 32 million education resources, to over 1,000 institutions lacking internet access in 48 countries across the world.