Tag: Digital divide

by Latoya Peterson

Latoya Peterson is researching ways to bridge the digital divide. Photo: Sam Stewart Information is currency. But, just like cash, it can prove elusive for some and plentiful for others. In our increasingly digital era, the ability to access the Internet is the key to greater opportunities. And yet, the digital divide persists, meaning that [...] more »

by Ryan Thornburg

As Americans turn more to online news sources, a panel at this week’s SXSW Interactive conference will look at the Americans who aren’t going online for news. They are, among other things, often rural and poor. And that’s exactly the audience at which the OpenRural project is aiming. The panel was organized by Fiona Morgan, [...] more »

by Prabhas Pokharel

This is the second of two articles about Mobile Voices, a project based in Southern California. The first post can be found here. Voces Móviles / Mobile Voices, a Los Angeles-based citizen media project, a collaboration between the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California (ASC) and the Institute of Popular Education [...] more »

by Brenda Lynne Burrell

Freedom Fone’s ability to fulfill it’s promise as a must have tool for bridging the digital divide has yet to be determined. Millions of poor people have access to mobile phones, but with tariffs as high as they are in countries like Zimbabwe, experimentation in this field is still costly. And of course, for our [...] more »

by Aaditeshwar Seth

Internet penetration in rural areas, especially in developing countries such as India, is generally poor. Telecom companies do not find it economically viable to deploy wired broadband such as DSL; satellite connectivity is expensive and often slow; dial-up (if available) is always flaky; and cellular data services such as GPRS or EDGE are quite costly [...] more »

by David Sasaki

Engineering a single laptop to serve the educational needs of young students throughout the developing world is no easy feat. Designers at MIT’s Media Lab needed to keep the cost of the machine well below $200, and yet it required many of the same features that owners of traditional laptops have come to expect: a [...] more »

by Todd Wolfson

Media Mobilizing Project recently started a new initiative: Community Journalism in Times of Economic Crisis. The initiative is a response to both the economic crisis, which is hitting Philadelphians hard, and the growing problems with the for-profit journalism model, which is making it difficult for local newspapers to cover stories about the struggles of everyday [...] more »

by Paul Lamb

A project billed as the “first-ever online network of ethnic citizen journalists” was launched last week in Los Angeles. Called LA Beez, the effort is a project of New America Media with support from the Ford Foundation. It brings together six L.A.-area ethnic media outlets with the goal of providing a more diverse representation of [...] more »

by Brein McNamara

Deaf people can participate in citizen journalism through written language tools. Given this, why do I believe that using American Sign Language videos are an essential tool to provide them access to journalism? For those who are confronted by the ‘digital divide’ there are often seemingly hidden elements that cause their lack of access. With [...] more »

by Andrius Kulikauskas

Imagine living on $1 a day and spending $1 an hour to chat with you! Fred Kayiwa: Hi Andrius I’m multitasking as I’m blogging this.  Listening to John McCain’s gracious concession and reading Kennedy Owino’s and Francis Opiyo Opiyo’s rejoicing from Kenya in Barack Obama’s victory, and preparing sample test problems for my algebra students here [...] more »