Big Ideas: Closing the digital divide on the waterfront

Title: Big Ideas: Closing the digital divide on the waterfront
Author: Rachel Mendleson
Source: Thestar.com
Date (published): 20/06/2014
Date (accessed): 24/06/2014
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Waterfront Toronto's cutting-edge broadband network is billed as a jobs magnet, but closing digital and economic gaps is another big, potential upside.

The Mission’s Digital Divide And Why Fixing It Matters

Title: The Mission’s Digital Divide And Why Fixing It Matters
Author: Kim-Mai Cutler
Source: TechCrunch
Date (published): 15/06/2014
Date (accessed): 24/06/2014
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: It’s a problem because the transit-rich density of U.S. cities actually makes them far more effective at delivering services to low-income populations. A generation ago, the national conversation was about inner city ghettos. But today, these communities are being gentrified out and suburbs do not have the infrastructure to deal with entrenched poverty. On top of that, the federal and city programs and non-profits that cater to these communities have literally taken decades to develop.

Digital divide is getting deeper, government IT expert warns

Title: Digital divide is getting deeper, government IT expert warns
Author: Andrew Brooks
Source: IT World Canada
Date (published): 12/06/2014
Date (accessed): 24/06/2014
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: While governments have been moving to make themselves more accessible online, the digital divide that keeps Canada’s rural and remote communities behind large urban centres isn’t going away, and much more needs to be done to close the gap.

Ensuring people with disabilities benefit from development plans

Title: Ensuring people with disabilities benefit from development plans
Author: Dominic Haslam
Source: The Information Daily.com
Date (published): 23/06/2014
Date (accessed): 24/06/2014
Type of information: online article
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Around one billion people - or 15% of the world’s population - have a disability, and in many countries they are among the most excluded and hardest to reach of all groups in their community. In 2000, world leaders agreed on an ambitious development framework consisting of eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). One critical group, however, has been largely left out from this progress. Almost 14 years on, the exclusion of disability from the MDGs has materially affected many people with disabilities, as well as their families. They are less likely to have access to healthcare and education, and in turn find making a livelihood and escaping poverty that much more difficult, if not impossible.

Growing up digital: How digital culture is changing the way kids play

Title: Growing up digital: How digital culture is changing the way kids play
Author: Chandra Johnson
Source: Deseret News
Date (published): 26/05/2014
Date (accessed): 24/06/2014
Type of information: online article
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: This is the first in a three-part series that looks at the impact of technology on kids and teens.

Online accessibility must be tackled for elderly and disabled users

Title: Online accessibility must be tackled for elderly and disabled users
Source: The Information Daily.com
Date (published): 05/06/2014
Date (accessed): 24/06/2014
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Older people and those with disabilities are struggling to find their way around a world wide web cluttered with pop-up ads and expanding information.

Big Data & Society

Title: Big Data & Society
Editor and Founding Editor: Evelyn Ruppert
Source: SAGE Journals
Date (accessed): 24/06/2014
Type of information: data source
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: Big Data & Society is an open access peer-reviewed scholarly journal that publishes interdisciplinary work principally in the social sciences, humanities and computing and their intersections with the arts and natural sciences about the implications of Big Data for societies.

CHART: The West Is Over — Asia Will Dominate The Smartphone Industry In The Next 5 Years

Title: CHART: The West Is Over — Asia Will Dominate The Smartphone Industry In The Next 5 Years
Author: Jim Edwards
Source: Business Insider
Date (published): 05/06/2014
Date (accessed): 24/06/2014
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: This data from Ericsson couldn't be clearer: If you want to sell a phone in the near future, go East. The West is basically over as a growth market for phones. That's because the U.S. and Europe is close to full penetration when it comes to high-end mobile devices. This chart shows the estimated number of smartphone subscriptions expected in different markets from 2013 to 2019. Virtually all future growth will come from emerging markets.

4 Reasons Why MTN’s $235,000 Internet Bus is Reinventing a Flat ICT4D Tire

Title: 4 Reasons Why MTN’s $235,000 Internet Bus is Reinventing a Flat ICT4D Tire
Author: Wayan Vota
Source: ICTWorks
Date (published): 20/06/2014
Date (accessed): 22/06/2014
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: 4 Reasons Why Mobile Telecentres Fail.

Tablets swapped for ‘smart classrooms’

Title: Tablets swapped for ‘smart classrooms’
Author: Lamphai Intathep
Source: Bangkok Post
Date (published): 18/06/2014
Date (accessed): 22/06/2014
Type of information: blog post
Language: English
On-line access: yes
Abstract: The Office of the Basic Education Commission (Obec) has confirmed plans to replace the One Tablet per Child scheme with "smart classrooms" equipped with interactive computer software in every school.

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