Special Reports

Last updated: 8 march, 2010 - 14:06 GMT

On/Off: Nigeria and South Korea

Nigerian woman in Gitana and member of Kim family on laptop

The project put Gitana online - and unplugged two families in Seoul

The SuperPower season investigates the power of the internet; how it changes people's lives and how societies and their governments deal with the change.

But as more of the world becomes connected, we wanted to compare how two very different societies, at opposite ends of the internet spectrum deal with being connected or unconnected.

We sent our correspondent in South Korea out into the click apartment blocks of Seoul to see if he could convince people there to do without the web for a week. South Korea is often called the most wired place on the planet. Ninety-five percent of households have a broadband connection - and that connection is very broad indeed as the country is said to have the fastest internet speeds in the world by far.

Moving on to rural Nigeria where Komla Dumor of the World Today took click two internet capable phones to Gitata, a village 65km from the capital Abuja. The village does not have access to pipe borne water and relies on a well which does not work during the dry season. The people there work hard, but have to struggle without electricity or adequate infrastructure. During the SuperPower season we follow the two young men who were given the phones to find out if the internet is a priority in such an undeveloped area.

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