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Internet Filtering: Don't Do It

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To filter or not to filter: that's a big decision public libraries face. Ever since the Supreme Court upheld the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA), libraries have felt pressure to filter Internet on public access computers.

Loaning Out Internet Access at the Providence Community Library

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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.

How does Providence do it? They loan out Mobile Beacon hotspot devices.

Kansas City Library’s New Software Lending Library

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Inspired by the coming of ultra-fast gigabit broadband Internet to their city this year, the Kansas City Public Library has devised something new for public access computing – lending software over the Internet.

Will Facebook’s Internet.org Bridge the Global Digital Divide?

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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?

Libraries on the front lines of digital literacy efforts

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An interesting report from the American Library Association’s Office for Information Technology Policy’s Digital Literacy Task Force has just been released. Digital Literacy, Libraries, and Public Policy provides an overview of the role of libraries in digital literacy and examines current relevant public policies.

Digital inclusion through the lens of local government

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Recently, I was asked, "why are city/county managers interested in digital inclusion?"

Libraries build digital communities

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Today I'm co-facilitating an ALA session titled, "Libraries Lead Community Digital Inclusion." Along with my colleagues from WebJunction, ICMA, and IMLS, we'll be guiding librarians through activities that utilize IMLS' recently published Building Digital Communities framework. I'll be talking about gathering stakeholders and leaders for digital inclusion work. Here's what I plan to share.

Do you do digital inclusion?

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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.

Survey Closes Tomorrow: Digitally Inclusive Communities

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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.

Digging Into the Digital Inclusion Framework

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I was lucky enough to attend a Digital Inclusion Forum event in Los Angeles last month. The Forum was designed to gather community feedback on the proposed Framework for Digital Inclusion developed by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the University of Washington, and the International City/County Management Association (ICMA).

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