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Digitial Divide Learning Unit



1.      Mark Warschauer, “Reconceptualizing the Digital Divide” First Monday, Volume 7, Number 7 - 1 July 2002 http://firstmonday.org/htbin/cgiwrap/bin/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/967/888

2.      Howard Besser,  “The Next Digital Divides” ,Teaching to Change LA 1:2, Spring 2001, http://www.tcla.gseis.ucla.edu/divide/politics/besser.html

3.      Andy Carvin, “More than Just Access: Fitting Literacy and Content into the Digital Divide Equation”, Educause Review, 2000. http://www.educause.edu/EDUCAUSE+Review/EDUCAUSEReviewMagazineVolume35/MorethanJustAccessFittingLiter/157655

4.      Wired Less: Disconnected in Urban America (video) http://www.internetforeveryone.org/americaoffline/urban/intro

5.      Five Days on the Digital Dirt Road (video) http://www.internetforeveryone.org/americaoffline/nc/intro

6.      Blind patron sues target (video) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQT9yVeu_js 

7.      Connectivity Africa (video) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJfmjnvxk7s

8.      Universal Broadband Adoption, How to get there and why America needs it. Report by Minority Media and Telecom Council (MMTC).  


9.      Broadband From Federal Perspectives to Local Impact Missouri Broadband Summit October 27, 2010 (powerpoint) http://www.slideshare.net/PewInternet/broadband-from-federal-perspectives-to-local-impact

10.  State of Social Justice in Broadband 2011 (video), by David Honig, President of Minority, Media and Telecommunications Council (MMTC).

11.  US National Broadband plan  http://www.broadband.gov/

12.  Digital Nation: Expanding Internet Usage, NTIA Research Preview, February 2011 http://www.ntia.doc.gov/files/ntia/publications/ntia_internet_use_report_february_2011.pdf 

13.  IRS Installment Agreement Form (Spanish)

14.  IRS Speech Friendly, Talking Tax form http://www.irs.gov/formspubs/article/0,,id=98135,00.html

15.  State of California online application for Medi-Cal for Families, Healthy Families Program, and the Access for Infants and Mothers Program.  English and Spanish versions. Accessible on mobile phone. http://www.healtheapp.net/

16.  Senior Planet http://www.seniorplanet.org/

17.  National Broadband Plan – Adoption and Utilization.


18.  Digital Literacy Corps (student led organization)

19.  National Digital Literacy http://www.digitalliteracy.gov/ 

20.  www.broadbandandsocialjustice.org


Tunisia, Twitter, Aristotle, Social Media and Final and Efficient Causes. http://technosociology.org/?p=263


danah boyd (Forthcoming). "White Flight in Networked Publics? How Race and Class Shaped American Teen Engagement with MySpace and Facebook." In Digital Race Anthology (Eds. Lisa Nakamura and Peter Chow-White). Routledge. http://www.danah.org/papers/2009/WhiteFlightDraft3.pdf


Senior Digital Storytelling. http://www.cctvcambridge.org/senior_stories



Class Lecture/Activity

Homework (assn./due)

DAY 1 Mon


Contextualizing the Digital Divide


Video: Wired Less: Disconnected in Urban America [4] (intro, story 1, story 5)


Video: Five Days on the Digital Dirt Road [5] (story 2, story 4)


Video: Blind patron sues target [6]  


Video: Connectivity Africa [7]

Homework#1: Digital Divide and Literacy readings [1, 2, 3]. Wikipedia contribution. Due day 4.


Read for next class: Universal Broadband Adoption, chapter 1, “The Importance of Broadband to Minorities” [9].   Be prepared to discuss chapter in next class.


DAY 2 Wed



Physical Resources – Broadband in the US

-          Powerpoint:
Broadband From Federal Perspectives to Local Impact, Missouri Broadband Summit October 27, 2010 [9].


-          Class discussion:

Is mobile technology an equalizer? Visit websites (irs.gov, monster.com, facebook.com) using Android emulator


-          Video:
State of Social Justice in Broadband 2011[10]  


-          References:
National Broadband Plan [11]
NTIA Survey Internet Usage [12]




Digital Resources – Content and languages

Does online content meet the needs of diverse communities around the world? 

-          IRS Form 9465sp [13]

-          IRS Speech Friendly/Talking form [14]

-          State of California Medi-Cal [15]

-          Senior Planet [16]

Human Resources – Literacy and Education

-          National Broadband Plan – Adoption and Utilization [17]

-          Digital Literacy Corps (student led organization) [18]

-          National Digital Literacy [19]


DAY 4 Mon


Net Neutrality (content discrimination)

-          Al Franken Defends Net Neutrality  (video) http://www.savetheinternet.com/video/31614

-          Jon Stewart – Net Neutrality (video) http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-august-17-2010/internet-exploiter

-          http://www.savetheinternet.com/frequently-asked-questions

Metered Internet

-          http://broadbandandsocialjustice.org/2011/07/how-your-internet-bill-helps-netflix-%E2%80%94-and-hurts-the-poor/ 

Spectrum Auction




DAY 5 Wed




DAY 6 Fri



Class debate: Is broadband the top civil rights issue of the 21st century?





Homework#2, Due Day 4.

Read the following articles on net neutrality, the spectrum shortage and their potential impact on the digital divide.




Day 6:

Come to class prepared to debate the question: Is broadband the top civil rights issue of the 21st century.   Be prepared to discuss how net neutrality and the spectrum debate are related to the question of civil rights.

  • Read Universal Broadband Adoption,









Net neutrality debate.



campaign to cut waste (environmental http://www.broadbandforamerica.com/blog/energy-dept-leads-wh-website-effort



dig div video




eTXT bridging the digital divide in Africa - internet messaging on every mobile - www.fmnafrica.com



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