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Providing Web Search Capability for Low-Connectivity Communities Libby Levison, William Thies, Saman Amarasinghe
 

Summary: Providing Web Search Capability for Low-Connectivity Communities
Libby Levison, William Thies, Saman Amarasinghe
MIT Laboratory for Computer Science
libby@mit.edu, thies@mit.edu, saman@lcs.mit.edu
Abstract
There are many technical problems that exist in
communities other than our own. These problems both
deserve our attention and require focused research. We
present one example: the TEK Search Engine. TEK is an
email-based search engine designed to deliver low-
bandwidth information to low-connectivity communities.
1. Introduction
In many of the world's communities, there is limited
access to information. In places that have both computers
and functioning phone lines, the Internet has the potential
to provide access to a large amount of information
electronically. However, there are obstacles. Bandwidth
is so narrow that it can take the user hours to find what
she is looking for when browsing the Web, since she has
to wait for each page to load. Time spent online often

  

Source: Amarasinghe, Saman - Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory & Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

 

Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences