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Mobile is Murdering the Cyber Café

June 10, 2015

Mobile is Murdering the Cyber Café

Internet Cafés are an endangered species. Why? Because everyone has a smartphone now, even in RwandaBangladeshChina, India and Nigeria. In the USA, some cyber cafés are staying solvent by offering an extra amenity: Illegal gambling.


“Internet cafes in the developing world find out what happens when everyone gets a smartphone,” Newley Purnell, Quartz

“No takers: After the smartphone boom, cybercafés dying a slow death in Mumbai,” Debasish Panigrahi, Hindustan Times


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Image (“Au Cyber Cafe, after Jean Béraud”) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht,

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Cyber Cafe Living – the Hard Way

August 31, 2007

Digital domicile divide

Japan has a new class of working poor who live in all-night Net and Manga cafes.

“Net cafe refugees” live in urban Japan’s ubiquitous Internet cafes, originally meant for commuters who missed their trains, which feature couches, computers, soft drinks and comic books, serve meals, offer showers, and sell clean underwear.

Interviews with some of the estimated 5,400 net cafe refugees show most are male, work a 40-hour week at the minimum wage, and moved to cafes when they lost more lucrative jobs or fought with their families.