Libraries offering free Internet access is nothing new. But the Providence Community Library (RI) is taking an innovative leap by allowing patrons to literally check out free home Internet access for a week.
Facebook’s new Internet.org initiative is a big news item in NPTech and global digital inclusion news. The program aims to develop very low-cost Internet on mobile phones to bring the 4 billion souls on earth who don't yet have Internet to the information age — or is it?
Digital Inclusion is a tough term. Tough, because it isn't often one that organizations use, understand, or have even heard. Sure, there are all sorts of words we don't use or need to use, but for libraries, nonprofits, and elected officials, "digital inclusion" is increasingly an important term to add to our collective lexicon.
WebJunction has been awarded a grant from IMLS for a digital inclusion project to help libraries and other community-based organizations make strategic decisions about providing public access to broadband.
I just returned from meetings in snowy Washington D.C. to participate in the Digital Inclusion Working Group, a group convened by IMLS, TASCHA/UW and ICMA. These discussions were to provide feedback on the first draft of a proposed Framework for Digitally Inclusive Communities, which is a direct response to mandates in the National Broadband Plan.