Estonia becomes E-stonia with Digital Revolution

A digital revolution is turning the tiny European nation of Estonia into a nation of Internet innovators. Estonians have put their digital identities onto their national identification cards, and much more.  Worldfocus video podcast: `http://feeds2.feedburner.com/worldfocus

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A Digital Revolution for the World’s Remotest Regions

Government, academic and business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos discussed how to bridge the mammoth ‘Digital Divide’ between western society and developing countries of the third world. The digital revolution has established broadband Internet in well over 60% of industrialized countries, but below 1% in the rest of the developing world.

In Egypt, Brazil, South Africa, India and China, the digital transformations are underway. These high-speed Internet links and computers into classrooms and medical clinics have already been installed in several small communities.  A few are in some of the most remote inhabited places on Earth.   Healthcare workers can now remotely diagnose patients too, access training programs, and receive advice from specialists hundreds of miles away over video links using an advancement called Telemedicine.  Children in schools also now have access to the vast knowledge resources on the web.

Bridging the Digital Divide for Kids in India

The digital divide or access to the latest technology, is far from being equal. An attempt to remedy this is the Digital Equalizer programme of the America India Foundation, started at the initiative of President Clinton in 2001. “We have learnthow to use the camera to record, edit and make a movie from what we have edited and to burn a CD,” said J M Manu Kumar, a student.

Bridging the Digital Divide in Uganda

A video on information technology related projects and activities in Uganda.  Interesting use of a tele-center that includes broadband, a library, telephone access, fax, and photocopying.


Bridging the Digital Divide

The Internet is selling La La Mountain peaches in rural communities in Taiwan.  This is a transferable example showing how the Internet can empower all world citizens…and especially those in rural communities.


A Digital Inclusion NGO Helps to Increase Digital Inclusion

1. Senior Connects Program – This program promotes senior citizen computer and Internet literacy by supplying computers and training materials; or by building public computer labs and teaching senior citizens (and especially those seniors that are mobility impaired or lack reliable transportation)computer and Internet skills (www.seniorconnects.org).

2. Safe Connects Program – With Internet predators and chat room bullying, finding effective ways to educate children about Internet safety has become a critical issue that is not often addressed in our schools – and this Net Literacy program has established a “student-teaching-students/parents” model program for school systems throughout America (www.safeconnects.org).

3. Community Connects Program – Computer Connects’ is another Net Literacy program that has built hundreds of computer labs to increase computer access to the underserved (www.communityconnects.org).

4. Computer Connects – Every Saturday, from many schools gather to work together to repurpose thousands of computers in support of the Community Connects and Senior Connects programs.  Student volunteers dispose of unusable computers in an EPA compliant manner, preventing computers and monitors from being delivered to landfills (www.computerconnects.org).

5. Financial Connects – Financial literacy is a critical life and job skills and this website includes 200 “best of web” financial literacy videos and interactive games after an exhaustive research project that included a review of more than 5000 financial literacy websites (www.financialconnects.org).

Breakthrough Learning in a Digital Age – Driving Student Success

Moderated by James Bennet, Editor-in-Chief, The Atlantic

The National Investments in Innovation and Technology Infrastructure

  • Blair Levin, Executive Director of the Omnibus Broadband Initiative at the Federal Communications Commission
  • Jim Shelton, Assistant Deputy Secretary, Innovation & Improvement, U.S.

Department of Education Panel from the pivotal sectors

Panel from the pivotal sectors:

  • Barbara Chow, Education Program Director, Hewlett Foundation
  • Susan Gendron, Comissioner, Maine Department of Education
  • Elliot Schrage, Vice President of Global Communications, Marketing and Public Policy, Facebook
  • Kathy Hurley, Senior Vice President, Pearson K-12 Solutions and the Pearson Foundation, and Chair

ePractice eInclusion: Digital Literacy Workshop, Barcelona

ePractice eInclusion: Digital Literacy Workshop, Barcelona 16th of June 2008  Wrap Up working session 3: Frank Mather, European Commission DG Information Society, Belgium