samaAnother innovative organization that supports global development — and relies directly on broadband expansion — is Samasource, a digital outsourcing firm. Samasource works with major corporations such as Google, Microsoft and Walmart, to identify digital tasks which can be done effectively and inexpensively in low-resource environments. Samasource has established programs in Kenya, Uganda, Haiti and India, hiring locals for tasks such as data cleaning, data enhancement, image annotation, localization services, and others.

Samasource, registered as a 501(c)3, believes that the best way to stamp out global poverty is to provide entry-level jobs for people currently earning just dollars per day. They focus on digital tasks that require relatively little training, and build in control systems to guarantee the quality of the work. They claim that since 2008 they have helped move 60,000 people out of poverty.

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