Microsoft is mapping shanty towns in Brazil, in a first step to getting them online

thenextweb.com - Microsoft has started a project to map shanty towns in Brazil, known as favelas, as it seeks to “reduce the digital divide across the world.” According to an announcement made on Microsoft’s Bing blog , bringing mapping infrastructure to these communities means that local economies can take advantage of localized information that is present online — which would help them to “fully participate in the digital town square in ways that many of us in the developed online world take for granted.