Over the last several decades, a revolution in information and communication technologies (ICTs) has completely changed the way people learn, govern, interact, make money and live their lives. We are witnessing the creation of whole new industries and businesses, all relying heavily on the need and ability to access, manipulate and create information. If we look carefully we can see the heralding of a new era in human development and enterprise - the creation of a knowledge economy.
However, this knowledge revolution, like the industrial revolution that preceded it, threatens to exclude vast segments of the population. In countries around the world people are left without the basic infrastructure and services required to become a part of what must eventually become a global phenomenom.
Ironically, these are the people whose contributions may be most required for the development of our common home here on Earth. As some of the dangers and missteps of rapid industrialization and modernization become apparent, there is a need to turn our eyes both forward and inward. There is a need to reclaim our rightful heritage as the benefactors of life's foothold on Earth, to develop a sensible, equitable vision of how to carry it forward. Who better to contribute this knowledge than the people of the land - farmers, villagers and local tradesmen.
However, even with massive recent upsurge of interest around the world in bringing "ICT to the Masses", few have succeeeded in understanding the basic needs of these our fellow men and women. Few have dared to work to provide them the basic services and tools they need to be able to contribute their knowledge to the modern world. ekgaon strives to provide them what they require and to sustain itself doing it.