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 (

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 (

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 (

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 (

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 (

Fishermen in Southern India use online weather forecast

Every day, fishermen in Southern India visit a knowledge Center where they access online weather forecast, wave height and location of fish, thanks to the Swaminathan’s Research Foundation regional resource center

OWD: How Can You Overcome Digital Divide?

Post a video response to this video and tell us how can overcome the digital divide. We are trying to collect as many responses as we can, so please participate in our video response drive!
A video produced for OneWebDay by Smashcast about the digital divide and digital inclusion.  OneWebDay occurs on September 22, 2009

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

Breakthrough Learning in a Digital Age Session II Literacy 2.0

  • Moderated by Lisa Guernsey, Director, Early Education Initiative, New America Foundation
  • Nichole Pinkard, Program Founder, Director of Innovation, Urban Education Institute, University of Chicago
  • Benjamin Bederson, Associate Professor Computer Science, Institute of Advanced Computer Studies and iSchool, University of Maryland
  • Allison Druin, Director of the Human-Computer Interaction Lab, Associate Professor, University of Marylands College of Information Studies
  • Karen Cator, Director, Education Leadership and Advocacy,
  • Apple Marissa Mayer, Vice President, Search Products & User Experience
  • Daniel Russell, Research Scientist, Google

Be CyberSmart!® Cyber Ethics and Bullying

From CyberSmart! Online Workshops, facilitated professional development, give educators a hands-on experience in 21st century skills—the new basic skills—to meet the learning needs of today’s students.

The Educator’s Role in Digital Media Literacy

At ictQATAR’s Digital Communications Literacy Forum, a panel addressed the ways digital media literacy could be taught both formally and informally. The panel talked about the role of parents, schools, friends and the community at large in teaching digital media literacy.   Members of the panel were:

  • Lisa Leidig, Policy Manager, Policy and Planning Department, ictQATAR
  • Tessa Jolls, President and CEO of the Center for Media Literacy
  • Paolo Celot, European Association for Viewers Interests, Belgium

ictQATAR hosted the Forum along with the IIC in Doha on February 9, 2010. To view other presentations from the panel, visit

Be CyberSmart!® Researching the Internet Wisely

From CyberSmart! Online Workshops, facilitated professional development, give educators a hands-on experience in 21st century skills—the new basic skills—to meet the learning needs of today’s students.

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