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Files/MobilizingSocialChange_full.pdf. Mobile Access 2010. Mobile Access 2010 Six in ten American adults are now wireless internet users, and mobile data applications have grown more popular over the last year.

Mobile Access 2010

As of May 2010, 59% of all adult Americans go online wirelessly. Our definition of a wireless internet user includes the following activities: Going online with a laptop using a wi-fi connection or mobile broadband card. Roughly half of all adults (47%) go online in this way, up from the 39% who did so at a similar point in 2009. Taken together, 59% of American adults now go online wirelessly using either a laptop or cell phone, an increase over the 51% of Americans who did so at a similar point in 2009.[1] Cell phone ownership has remained stable over the last year, but users are taking advantage of a much wider range of their phones’ capabilities compared with a similar point in 2009.

This year we also asked for the first time about seven additional cell phone activities. Mobile Web Use and the Digital Divide. The image of the affluent and white cellphone owner as the prototypical mobile Web user seems to be a mistaken one, according to a report published Wednesday by the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Center.

Mobile Web Use and the Digital Divide

The study found that African-Americans and Hispanics continue to be more likely to own cellphones than whites and more likely to use their phones for a greater range of activities. This increase in mobile Web use, first noticed in a similar study by the Pew Center last summer, is driven both by age and economics, according to Aaron W. Smith of the Pew Center. Younger people and people living in households making less than $30,000 a year are increasing their mobile Web use at particularly fast rates, he said, and the African-American and Hispanic populations are younger and poorer relative to the white population.

But the mobile Web means different things to different people. “The quality of what is available through cell only is limited access,” she said. Ms. New digital divide seen for minorities on Internet. When the personal computer revolution began decades ago, Latinos and African Americans were much less likely to use one of the marvelous new machines. Then, when the Internet began to change life as we know it, these groups had less access to the Web and slower online connections placing them on the wrong side of the "digital divide. " Today, as mobile technology puts computers in our pockets, Latinos and African Americans are more likely than the general population to access the Web by cellular phones, and they use their phones more often to do more things.

But now some see a new "digital divide" emerging with Latinos and African Americans being challenged by more, not less, access to technology. It's tough to fill out a job application on a cell phone, for example. Researchers have noticed signs of segregation online that perpetuate divisions in the physical world. Increased access and usage should be good things, right?

"I don't know if it's the right time to celebrate. The ICT4D Jester. [The kind folks at Educational Technology Debate have posted a more sober, unjesterly version of this article.]

The ICT4D Jester

The other day, someone the Jester will call “Shabnam” mailed him the following question: Do you have any thoughts, for or against MOOCs? Thank you, Shabnam, for waking the Jester from a long slumber. As he shakes off cobwebs, the Jester can almost hear the squeaking of his creaky bones. MOOCs – massively open online courses are all the rage these days! If it’s not MIT and Harvard deigning to grace the world with EdX, it’s Stanford celebrity professors exposing themselves on Udacity. Digital divide. CDI. CDI - Center for Digital Inclusion. Help us bridge the digital divide! » Close The Gap. Digital Opportunity Index. The ICT Development Index (IDI) is an index published by the United Nations International Telecommunication Union based on internationally agreed information and communication technologies (ICT) indicators.

Digital Opportunity Index

Information society. An information society is a society where the creation, distribution, use, integration and manipulation of information is a significant economic, political, and cultural activity.

Information society

The aim of the information society is to gain competitive advantage internationally, through using information technology (IT) in a creative and productive way. The knowledge economy is its economic counterpart, whereby wealth is created through the economic exploitation of understanding. People who have the means to partake in this form of society are sometimes called digital citizens. This is one of many dozen labels that have been identified to suggest that humans are entering a new phase of society.[1] A Woman's Nation Takes on Alzheimers. United Nations Information and Communication Technologies Task Force.

The United Nations Information and Communication Technologies Task Force (UN ICT TF) was a multi-stakeholder initiative associated with the United Nations which is "intended to lend a truly global dimension to the multitude of efforts to bridge the global digital divide, foster digital opportunity and thus firmly put ICT at the service of development for all.

United Nations Information and Communication Technologies Task Force

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan addressing the 6th session of the UN ICT Task Force in New York, March 25, 2004. Establishment[edit] The UN ICT Task Force was created by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan in November 2001, acting upon a request by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) dated July 11, 2000, with an initial term of mandate of three years (until the end of 2004).

Information wars - Empire. Information is power and in the age of the information revolution, cyber and satellite communication is transforming our lives, reinventing the relationship between people and power.

Information wars - Empire

New media, from WikiLeaks to Facebook, Twitter to YouTube, is persistently challenging the traditional flow of information, and cyber disobedience is exposing powerful governments. Websites are now being treated like hostile territories; whistleblowers and leakers as terrorists, and hackers as insurgents. Governments are scrambling to salvage their influence and take advantage of the new cyber and satellite media. From China to the Sudan, Egypt to Iran, despots and armies are tracking web activity and setting up Facebook accounts to spy on their citizens. Public Policy and the Internet: Equity. Electronic Literature. Mitchell. Exploring the Future of the Digital Divide through Ethnographic Futures Research by Matthew M.


MitchellThis study examines leaders who work for social change in an information society.