This Friday, the City Club of Portland is taking up the topic of the digital divide - and how a handful of Portland-area nonprofits are opening up access to technology. The speakers will include leaders from Personal Telco Project, FreeGeek, and Centro Cultural.
From the announcement:
The digital revolution -- especially the Internet -- has affected all parts of society, from economics to entertainment. But its fast-paced development has left many marooned offline for lack of resources. Three Portland nonprofit organizations, however, hope to use their unique brand of techno-volunteerism to level the playing field while building social capital along the way. The Personal Telco Project, for example, develops free Internet access through public wireless networks throughout Portland. Free Geek recycles used technology to provide equipment to those in need. And Centro Cultural reaches out to teach low-income Latinos one-on-one how to use computers and the Internet. What's at the root of these efforts to bridge the digital divide? How does each organization operate and who do they serve? What effect have they had on our community, and what do they have planned for the future?
BlueOregon featured Personal Telco last month with "Wi-Fi for Everyone!"
So, BlueOregonians, what else can we do to bridge the digital divide? Discuss.