New York State announces Broadband Champions, including “Most Collaborative Broadband Adoption” program and “Best Broadband Adoption Initiative Award.” That one went to CFY Digital Learning, for their work in partnership with high poverty schools, combining family services and professional development. See more here.
Town Square: Women and Minorities in Technology: Leaders in technology discuss ways of increasing the involvement of women and underrepresented minorities in tech companies in the Puget Sound region. Panelists share suggestions on specific steps companies can take to achieve diversity in the workplace. This was part of Northeastern University’s Speaker Series.
Congratulation to Leslie, Jaycee and all the youth who created “The Question is” for winning 2nd place in the 2015 Adobe Youth Voices Awards animation category. With entries from all over the world it is an amazing achievement. Well done!
See all of the Adobe Youth Voices 2015 award winners here.
Oakland’s Digital Arts and Literacy Center is training young adults and helping local small businesses at the same time.
Set up as a quiz and course for librarians, but useful for others helping teach. From Library Intelligence in New Zealand.
The FCC Chairman Wheeler has initiated the process for the modernization of the Lifeline Program to potentially include low income Internet Lifeline. See more at the FCC.
African Americans and Latinos are more dependent on smartphones as their only access to Internet; low-income users risk intermittent access. The Pew Research Center has released a new report on smartphone use. Their finding on the number of African Americans relying on smartphones as their only Internet access is similar to what we found in the Seattle technology adoption study.
Qatar’s “Better Connections” digital inclusion program trains migrant workers on essential ICT (information and communications technology) skills. The program also uses Digital Ambassadors to help assess students’ skills and the Qatar government is providing refurbished computers. Microsoft and CH2M are among corporate partners with ictQatar in this initiative.
Singing with robots: Pop concert promotes youth digital inclusion. Hong Kong recently held a concert for youth to encourage their use of information technology (IT) knowledge to help underprivileged groups and promote digital inclusion. Volunteers received awards and 1,000 youth played an interactive video game with the government’s digital inclusion ambassador!