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*   China Blocks Foreign Software
A new policy from China's governing body states that all government ministries must buy only locally produced open source software at the next upgrade cycle, removing Microsoft products from government offices until 2010, CNET News via BusinessWeek Online (August 19, 2003)

*   Don't Privatize Our Airwaves
The contemplated FCC action to privatize the airwaves could result in the biggest special interest windfall, at the expense of American taxpayers, in history, Mercury News (August 13, 2003)

*   Govt Telecentres Battle Against Costs
In South Africa, the Department of Communications' Universal Service Agency (USA) says government telecentres intended to help bridge the digital divide are engaged in an uphill battle to stay in operation, ITWeb (August 6, 2003)

*   The Web Rewires the Movement
Although MoveOn does not track member demographics, anecdotal evidence suggests that its base is disproportionately white as Al Sharpton and Carol Moseley Braun, for example, fared poorly in the group's recent "primary", The Nation (August 4, 2003)

*   Remote and Rural Solomons Joining the World Wide Web
Despite being known as the Pacific's first "failed state" and now under a benign Australian military occupation, the Solomon Islands is blazing a radical trail with a short-wave wireless Internet network linking its remotest of islands and atolls, Agence France Presse via Yahoo! (August 2, 2003)

*   Study: Internet Use by Latinos Lower Than for Non-Latinos
Fewer Latinos use the Internet compared to non-Latinos, reports a new UCLA study on the use of the Internet by Latinos in the United States; however, Latinos who use the Internet spend slightly more time online than non-Latino users, and Latinos are online at home more often than non-Latinos, AScribe News via Hispanic Business (July 31, 2003)

*   Cut Down Web for Digitally Deprived
Software that speeds internet access by up to 35 times has been developed to help people in poor countries go online, BBC News (July 30, 2003)

*   Bush Opposes Plan for Minority Grants
The Bush administration declared its opposition Tuesday to a bill pushed by Virginia lawmakers that would create a grant program for computer technology at historically black and other minority-serving colleges and universities, Daily Press (July 23, 2003)

*   An Online Revolution? I Don't See It
"We have the most advanced Internet campaign in the country. . . . We have 34,000 volunteers all over the country because of the Internet . . . [but] we have a disproportionate number of white, middle-class kids because the Internet does not reach enough people in the Latino and the African American communities", Washington Post (July 6, 2003)

*   Dick Armey, Porn King?
Internet porn filters have a faulty track record, but Congress and the U.S. Supreme Court insist libraries can't receive federal funds without them, Alibi (July 3, 2003)

*   High Court Backs CIPA
The Supreme Court majority, led by Chief Justice William Rehnquist, ruled that the interest of protecting children was greater than the First Amendment rights of adult patrons, Philadelphia Gay News (June 26, 2003)

*   With Wireless, an English City Reaches Across Digital Divide
In Manchester, the once-grimy Victorian city famous as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, Wi-Fi is being used, for the first time ever on this scale, as a way to bridge the digital divide, New York Times (free registration) (May 31, 2003)

*   Inmarsat Calls for Private and Public Technology Organizations to Deal with 'Information Poverty'
Samer Halawi, regional director for Inmarsat, today called on the information technology community in the Middle East to join the company's initiatives in taking action against 'information poverty', AME Info FZ (May 28, 2003)

*   Akshaya Centres Started
The Chief Minister of Kerala, India, Mr. A K Antony, has said that the State would be made 100 percent computer literate within three years, The Hindu (May 22, 2003)

*   Can the Web Beat Big Media?
FCC czar Michael Powell says new technologies will let diversity flourish even as giant corporations consolidate their control over TV and newspapers...Dream on, Salon (May 21, 2003)

*   Computers to Africa Scheme Criticised
The practice of supplying second-hand computers to Africa can prove to be an expensive mistake, according to a UK report, BBC News (May 1, 2003)

*   Licensed to War Drive in N.H.
A land where white pines easily outnumber wireless computer users, New Hampshire may seem an unlikely haven for the free networking movement, Wired News (April 29, 2003)

*   E-Stonia: From Iron Curtain Obscurity to Wired Wonderland
A country with almost no home telephone lines and only a handful of personal computers as recently as a decade ago, Estonia has become one of the world's most wired nations, Associated Press via USA Today (April 21, 2003)

*   Placing People Before Profit
Fruchterman's nonprofit, Benetech, has an answer: the Martus Human Rights Bulletin System, a simple database program that helps human rights observers in often low-tech field offices avoid losing their records of police brutality, rapes and other abuses, San Francisco Chronicle (April 14, 2003)

*   War on Electronic Privacy
At a party related to the Computers, Freedom, and Privacy conference, members of the radical party of the European Union's parliament mixed with representatives from human rights group Privaterra and the Open Society Institute and Robert Guerra, a director at Privaterra, explained how his organization goes out into the field to help vulnerable human rights workers use encryption technologies to protect their e-mail, publications and computer use from government snoops, San Francisco Chronicle (April 10, 2003)

*   Internet Still Drawing People in for Details
It's tough to measure the Net's impact on news and public opinion, Seattle Times (April 7, 2003)

*   Protesters Relying on Wireless, Web Tools
Anti-war protesters are using the latest technology to communicate, coordinate their activities, and put their digital documentation of events online, Associated Press via Mercury News (March 23, 2003)

*   United Way to Bring Wireless Internet to Philadelphia's Poor
The United Way plans to bring wireless technology and donate computers to Philadelphia's West Powelton and Haddington neighborhoods, where many residents cannot even afford phone service, USA Today (March 18, 2003)

*   New 'Digital Village' Narrows Divide for Baltimore Latinos
Education-Based Latino Outreach, a non-profit group, has opened a community technology center in a former libraryto help Spanish-speaking residents enter Baltimore's commerce and culture, Baltimore Sun (March 18, 2003)

*   WiFi Bridges Indonesia's Digital Divide
One of Indonesia's leading IT advocates believes Voice-Over-IP (VoIP) and WiFi technologies will help Indonesians bridge the digital divide and build their own telecommunications infrastructure, (March 17, 2003)

*   Making Strides in the Digital Divide
According to a recent study by Arbitron and Edison Media Research, 74 percent of blacks and 65 percent of Hispanics have access to the Internet from at least one location, eMarketer (paid subscription) (March 13, 2003)

*   Secure Software Will Help Human Rights Workers
"The best weapon against innocence being murdered is more information, more quickly, more accurately to the right people who can make a difference," said Jim Fruchterman, the soft-spoken president and chief executive of the nonprofit that created Martus, Palo Alto-based Benetech Initiative, Associated Press via Kansas City Star (March 12, 2003)

*   Smart-Mobbing the War
You can find America's new antiwar movement in a bright yellow room four floors above the traffic of West 57th Street -- a room so small that its occupant burns himself on the heat pipe when he turns over in bed and can commute to his office without touching the floor, New York Times (free registration) (March 9, 2003)

*   Library Journal Assesses Gates Foundation Library Program
The Library Journal gives its assessment to date of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation's U.S. Library Program, which will have brought computer "packages" into the majority of America's public libraries by the end of 2003, Library Journal (March 1, 2003)

*   DMCA: Dow What It Wants to Do
Responding to Digital Millennium Copyright Act charges over a Dow Chemical parody site, Verio plans to throw The Thing--an ISP which has provided Internet connectivity, technical support and Web design services to New York City artists and political activists for over a decade--offline next month, Wired News (December 31, 2002)

*   Web Opens World to Digital Volunteers
Online charity work fits your schedule and extends your reach, say wired nonprofits, (December 27, 2002)

*   Pedal-Powered Internet, The
The newest way to hook up the developing world: the pedal-powered Internet, New York Times (December 15, 2002)

*   Europe's Microsoft Alternative
The government of a western region of Spain called Extremadura, a mostly rural expanse of olive trees and tiny towns with 1.1 million inhabitants, launched an unorthodox campaign to convert all the area's computer systems, in government offices, businesses and homes, from the Windows operating system to Linux, a free alternative, Washington Post (December 2, 2002)

*   Digital Destinations
An ever-growing series of stories, facts and commentary about the Digital Divide in developing countries, BBC News (October 16, 2002)

*   Why Human Rights Requires Free Software
Human rights is the global currency of modern politics; whenever the United States attacks a country, diplomatically or physically, it cites human rights claims; and by a not-so-surprising irony, the critics of the United States and its allies complain of human rights violations as well, O'Reilly Network (October 11, 2002)

*   Unions Discover Web as Tool for Organising
Many Internet sites these days are wearing the union label, Reuters (October 10, 2002)

*   Africans Embrace Mobiles and the Net
The internet and mobile phones are catching on in Africa, according to United Nations experts on the digital divide, BBC News (October 2, 2002)

*   California Community Colocation Project Takes Off
The California Community Colocation Project, or CCCP, was launched in February 2002 as the world's first formal non-profit to focus exclusively on the needs of the not-for-profit colocation community, Linux Journal (October 1, 2002)

*   Africa Set to Embrace Linux
It's been the talk of the global industry for close on three years now but 2002 is being pegged as the African breakout year for Linux, the flexible and cost-effective open source operating system technology, ITWeb via (September 23, 2002)

*   Internet Filtering Hurts Those Who Are Least Able to Protest It
A report by the EFF and the Online Policy Group found that schools that implement Internet blocking software with the most restrictive settings will block up to 70% of search results based on state-mandated curriculum topics, O'Reilly Network (September 18, 2002)

*   Students Find Fault With Schools' Net Use
Broken computers and blocked Web sites keep students from using the Internet as a valuable teaching tool at school, Columbus Dispatch (August 15, 2002)

*   Nearly Half of Japan's Population Use Internet
Nearly half of Japan's population of 120 million now use the Internet via computers, cell phones or other devices to surf, go shopping or chat, according to a government survey, Associated Press via (August 1, 2002)

*   China Second to US in Web Yraffic: Study
According to the company, China accounted for 6.63 per cent of global internet traffic, second only to the US, which accounts for some 42.65 per cent of online activity worldwide, AFP via Sydney Morning Herald (August 1, 2002)

*   High-Speed Internet Service Users on Rise
The number of subscribers to high-speed Internet access services in South Korea is continuing its upward curve, reaching 9.21 million as of the end of June, a gain of 430,000 from the end of March, Korea Herald (July 20, 2002)

*   South Korean Broadband Internet Access Hits 20 Percent
About 20 out of 100 South Koreans have access to high-speed Internet services, the world's highest penetration rate, the Ministry of Information and Communication said on Friday, Reuters via Yahoo! Tech (July 19, 2002)

*   Civil Rights Group Faults Administration on Digital Divide
The Bush Administration was "overly optimistic" in its finding earlier this year that an increase in the use of information technology by Americans was closing the Digital Divide, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR) said in a new report, Washington Internet Daily (July 12, 2002)

*   Children's Access to Technology Still Affected by Income and Race
Despite an increase in computer use and Internet access during the late 1990s, a "formidable gap" in access to technology remains between children of different incomes and races, according to a new study by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a Baltimore charitable concern, Wall Street Journal (paid registation required) (July 5, 2002)

*   'Digital Divide' Less Clear
A team from the UCLA found that the gap between those who have Internet access and those who do not is closing when measured by the degree of education computer users have attained, Washington Post (June 29, 2002)

*   People Choose Net Over Malls, TV
Internet users say high-speed connections have prompted them to spend more time online and less time in traffic, at the mall or on the couch watching television, according to a new study, Reuters via CNET (June 24, 2002)

*   U.N. Conference Says Digital Divide Still Growing
The digital divide between rich and poor countries is growing despite the many efforts to help developing nations break into the global economy via computers, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said on Monday, Reuters via New York Times (June 17, 2002)

*   Broadband by the Bootstraps
If you’ve ever dreamt about wresting control of your lousy Internet Service Provider, you will love the following story about some kindred spirits in the mountains of Summit County, Colorado who built their own high speed network, MSNBC (June 5, 2002)

*   Report: "Digital Divide" Still an Issue
The "digital divide" separating the Internet-savvy from the unplugged is still a cause for concern, and the U.S. government should consider subsidizing access, consumer groups said, Reuters via CNET News (May 30, 2002)

*   Groups: Bush Wrong on Divide
The Bush administration is wrong to declare that the digital divide is narrowing and should focus on expanding Internet access for the poor and less educated in their homes, leading consumer groups said, Associated Press via Wired News (May 30, 2002)

*   New Online Policy Group Project Boosts Non-Profit Access
Marking a great opportunity for non-profit ventures seeking Internet access, the Online Policy Group (OPG) today announced a new California Community Colocation Project (CCCP), Digital Divide Network (December 12, 2001)

*   Down by Law: New Internet Laws Will Hurt the Poorest of the Poor
An opinion piece addressing the digital divide in the light of CHIPA and other government policies, A List Apart (April 6, 2001)

*   DISconnected -- The Social Cost of Digital Exclusion
This digital divide story focuses on an October 2000 U.S. Department of Commerce study and responses from Will Doherty, Online Policy Group Executive Director, and representatives of other organizations, ggu: the Magazine of Golden Gate University (April 1, 2001)

*   The Black Radical Congress Calls for Action
Coalition fosters discussion and musters online support for minority voters' rights in the wake of Election 2000 disenfranchisement, Village Voice (January 10, 2001)

*   Initiative Brings Internet to Gaeltacht Regions
Five mobile Internet access units will be travelling around Ireland to 80 different locations, to give people, who haven't previously used new technology, a chance to use PCs and the Internet for the first time, (November 21, 2000)

*   Free School Computers Withdrawn
ZapMe's model of free computers for schools may fail due to commercial intrusion into schools, New York Times (November 2, 2000)

*   Report -- Digital Divide Widens
The Commerce Department says minorities are gaining access at a quick pace but lag behind the national average, The Standard (October 16, 2000)

*   Lack of Net Savvy Seen as Tomorrow's Illiteracy
Government tax credits for providing Web service to employees and telecommuting are being recommended by researchers as a way to prevent the "functional illiteracy" of 50 million Americans without Net access, InfoBeat (October 2, 2000)

*   Overcoming Regulatory and Technological Challenges to Bring Internet Access to a Sparsely Populated, Remote Area
Excellent case study documenting establishment of Internet connectivity in rural South Africa communities, First Monday (October 1, 2000)

*   Nielsen Says Affluent Spend Less Time Online
People with lower incomes, education, and blue-collar professions spend, on average, more time online at home than those with higher incomes, education and white-collar jobs, according to research released by Nielsen/NetRatings (NTRT), InfoBeat (September 22, 2000)

*   President Clinton's Disability "Digital Divide" Trip
Announcement about President Clinton's "Digital Divide" tour focusing on the accessibility and usability of technologies for people with disabilities, Justice For All (September 15, 2000)

*   Internships Close Silicon Valley's Divide
East Palo Alto high school internship program to bridge digital divide, USA Today (August 16, 2000)

*   Digital Divide Leaves City and Country Behind
If you live in the burbs, chances are you're much more wired than your city- and country-dwelling cousins, USA Today (June 6, 2000)

*   The Art of Tricknology
"Saying that the Digital Divide is closing because minorities have greater access to them is like saying minorities have a stake in the automobile industry because they drive cars, or that they are Bill Gates because they own Microsoft Office 2000", (June 1, 2000)

*   Bridging the Digital Divide -- The Impact of Race on Computer Access and Internet Use
A seminal study about the impact of the digital divide on African Americans, by Thomas P. Novak and Donna L. Hoffman of Project 2000, Vanderbilt University (February 2, 1998)

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