(Ping! Zine Web Hosting Magazine) – Digital Divide Data (DDD), the acclaimed social enterprise that delivers content business process outsourcing services to clients globally, announced today they would be making a major infrastructure investment spurred by a $100,000 donation from technology powerhouse Google Inc. The grant, from the Google Inc. Charitable Giving Fund, will support a major upgrade of the technology and systems used by DDD to provide data entry, XML conversion and digital preservation services to publishers, libraries, archives, governments, academic researchers and businesses.
“Google’s support will increase DDD’s competitive edge in content conversion and ePublishing services,” said DDD’s Chief Sales Officer, Lori Silverstein. “The more competitive we are in the market place, the more poor youth we can employ.”
DDD competes with leading for-profit companies in the global content conversion industry while employing talented youth from disadvantaged backgrounds in developing countries. The organization employs more than 750 staff in Kenya, Cambodia and Laos.
DDD recruits talented poor youth, trains them in English and IT skills and employs them in a viable self-sustaining business. It is a new cutting edge model of development that gives those in need the skills and experience necessary to lift themselves out of poverty.
“It is a real validation of our business model to be recognized by one of the world’s leading technology companies,” said DDD’s CEO, Jeremy Hockenstein. “We are grateful for this generous gift, a recognition of the values we share with Google: using entrepreneurship and innovation to build a sustainable and scalable company that leverages technology to solve global problems.”
The gift comes on the heels of major donations from Microsoft, Cisco Systems and The Rockefeller Foundation. In early April, DDD expanded outside of Southeast Asia for the first time, opening operations in Nairobi, Kenya.