John Heim Posted about 3 years ago Is the internet, not formal education, the new great equalizer? Damon, I agree, the power of the resources available via the internet cannot be adequately capitalized on among the illiterate. However, it can have a profound impact on the lives of the illiterate by reaching those few in the community or surrounding communities who are literate, but have no access. This in turn creates value that may make resources (time and money in particular) available to increase the literacy rate of the population, creating a virtuous cycle. Similar to the way the printing press lead to much higher literacy in the west, the internet could do this in the developing world, but much faster, with far greater scope of content and at a fraction of the cost of printed books.