ahumanright.org internet for everyone. Posted: May 29th, 2014 | Author: kosta | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments » It’s been awful quiet over here at A Human Right, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been working hard to fulfill our mission. Today, TIME unveiled Oluvus, a public benefit corporation we have been refining over the last year. We’re looking forward to including you on this next step of our journey. Posted: January 25th, 2013 | Author: kosta | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments » We bring you this year-end update in memory of Aaron Swartz, a pioneering activist for Internet freedom who inspired us all. 2012 was an incredible year for A Human Right. We Moved a Cable: St. 2013 TED Prize Finalist: A Human Right and the Bandwidth Bank concept is a finalist for the 2013 TED Prize! ‘Out of Service’ blog: After hurricane Sandy devastated the East Coast, we reached out to a number of relief organizations to collaborate and restore connectivity. Soon the telephone made its appearance followed by the Internet.
Zero Dollar Laptop A programme of public debates, exhibitions and workshops about art, technology and environment "Only when people are able to use computers to produce their own data does information communication technology become genuinely empowering." - James Wallbank Furtherfield is committed to delivering on promise of the Zero Dollar Laptop manifesto with a series of workshop programmes with different community groupw. The Zero Dollar Laptop, is a recycled laptop running Free Open Source Software (FOSS) that is fast and effective- now and long into the future; repurposing otherwise redundant technology, gathering dust in bedrooms and offices across the country. Pilot workshops with the clients of St. Mungo’s Charity for Homeless People ran for twelve weeks in 2010, where participants learned about using their laptop from core of installing their own operating system to customising their own machines, writing articles and creating images to share and publish via social media.
Zero Dollar Laptop Workshops New Videos from Za-nič kišta CAAP Maribor has just produced new videos about the Slovenian Zero Dollar Laptop workshops for migrant workers and refugees that took place in Maribor in 2012. Available from: Za-nič kišta – trailer Participants of the Slovenian Zero Dollar Laptop project (Za-nič kišta) made this lovely short film as an introduction to the project! First cycle of ZDLT workshops in Slovenia completed ZA-NIČ KIŠTA, the Slovenian Zero Dollar Laptop project, has completed the first cycle of workshops for migrant workers and refugees. ‘Digital Rubbish’ by Jennifer Gabrys- mentions Zero Dollar Laptop Digital Rubbish: A Natural History of Electronics This is a study of the material life of information and its devices; of electronic waste in its physical and electronic incarnations; a cultural and material mapping of the spaces where electronics in the form of both hardware and information accumulate, break down, or are stowed away.
Bridging the Digital Divide, Part 1 Every time America’s economy takes a great leap forward, its rural heartland seems to get left behind. After electricity had begun to light up our cities, it took 60 years to reach the mountains of Appalachia and the hills of Texas. The Interstate Highway System of the 1950s bypassed countless small towns, turning many a Main Street into a retail ghost town. Today, as the information superhighway becomes a backbone of the U.S. economy, Sharon Strover works to keep history from repeating itself. The College of Communication professor and director of the Telecommunications and Information Policy Institute has been researching the digital divide between rural and urban America — and taking part in a multibillion-dollar effort to bridge it. That digital divide is a moving target, acknowledges Strover. The gap between city and country might be getting wider. Though the gulf is obvious, says Strover, its effects are harder to pin down. Health care also takes a hit. Help is on the horizon.
Bridging the Digital Divide, Part 2 On a recent visit to New York City, Craig Watkins went sightseeing down 125th St. in Harlem, a cradle of African-American culture and home to the legendary Apollo Theater. Today, the street is crowded with shops and vendors selling mobile phones. But Watkins found not a single shop selling a desktop or a laptop computer. To Watkins, a University of Texas associate professor who teaches in both the College of Liberal Arts’ African studies department and in the College of Communication, it was a stark illustration of a new digital divide: the gap between how minority teens and white teens use the Internet. The dimensions of the divide have changed radically in a short time. Then came a piece of technology that, in some ways, closed the gap completely: the cell phone. At first glance, that’s good news, says Watkins. “This is no longer a question about access to technology,” says Watkins. Part of the problem is that there’s still a racial gap in home computer ownership.
Bridging the digital divide: Low-income families enjoy cast-off PCs By Todd R. Weiss December 16, 2010 06:00 AM ET Since 1976, Habitat for Humanity has been helping low-income families across the U.S. build and buy affordable homes to help improve their lives and futures. For many low-income families, just having a nice place to live is the answer to a lot of prayers, but E.J. "Helping these families to be successful involves a lot of different things," Thomas says. Waste Not, Want Not Redemtech is one of a host of companies that recycle or resell used enterprise IT equipment and have programs to help businesses pass their old machines on to people who could use them. Cascade Asset Management LLC in Madison, Wis., helps its clients to wipe data and recondition machines that are given to charities, day-care centers and other groups. Another company, Austin-based TechTurn Inc., helps Fortune 1,000 companies recycle their equipment. "The best form of recycling is re-use," says Daran Herrman, TechTurn's manager of marketing and public relations. —Todd R.
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Culture and the Digital Divide(s) While much of the work addressing the digital divide between the "haves" and "have nots" in the online world has focused on the important task of providing access to hardware, software, and basic computer literacy, there is an additional issue -- the cultural digital divide -- that has received far too little attention. Research increasingly shows that one of the essential ways to attack digital inequalities is by addressing the fact that technologies are always created with cultural biases built-in that limit their use. This means that the divide will be lessened only when, in addition to providing basic access, we address seriously cultural differences and the differences in power that come with them. Significant lack of representation or misrepresentation of particular racial, ethnic and cultural groups in the media has long been shown to have profound negative psychological effects on the groups. US Government Reports Critiques and Expansion of the Digital Divide Concept Carvin, A.
One Laptop per Child Group plans to beam free Internet across the globe from space By Eric W. DolanThursday, February 10, 2011 14:32 EDT The charity group A Human Right said it was planning to purchase a satellite that would provide free basic Internet access to developing countries around the world. The group, which was founded by 25-year-old Kosta Grammatis, is currently raising money to buy the TerreStar-1, the largest commercial communications satellite ever built. TerreStar, the company that owns the satellite, filed for chapter-11 bankruptcy protection in October 2010, opening the possibility that the satellite may be up for sale. The group hopes to raise $150,000 to finalize a business plan, investigate the legal and business aspects of submitting a bid for the satellite, and hire engineers to turn the plan into a reality. “We believe that Internet access is a tool that allows people to help themselves – a tool so vital that it should be considered a universal human right,” the website for Buy This Satellite stated. The group has already managed to raise $44,781.