The social, cultural & technological impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic in family farming: the case of Washington State

December 9, 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated transformations that we were expecting to happen in decades. The so-called “new normal” gave way to a covidianity characterized by structural instability affecting daily life, the fragility of economic systems and political cycles, speeding up technical shifts, and the dematerialization of human activity, caused by the increasing virtualization of a…

The Community Archives Center at Tacoma Public Library: Phase 1 Report

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July 1, 2022

This report describes the Phase I activities and outcomes of The Community Archives Center for Tacoma, which is a two-year IMLS National Leadership Project (LG-250126-OLS-21) being carried out by the Tacoma Public Library (TPL) with support from the University of Washington (UW). The overall purpose of the project is to bring community members and organizations…

Creating a Digital Bridge: Lessons and Policy Implications from a Technology Access and Distribution Program for Low-income Job Seekers

October 13, 2021

In the United States, lower income households, significantly less likely to have a computer or internet at home, were disproportionately impacted by the historic job losses in the Spring of 2020. In response, a Seattle-based workforce development nonprofit in partnership with the City of Seattle launched a program called Digital Bridge. The program distributed 197…

Coding Bootcamps: A Strategy for Youth Employment

April 29, 2021

ITU has launched its Digital Inclusion report, Coding bootcamps: A strategy for youth employment in developing countries. As the demand for tech talent continues to grow and businesses in many countries struggle to find qualified workers with programming skills, young people with non-technical backgrounds often have to look beyond the walls of a traditional classroom…

Building Digital Communities: A Framework for Action

Digital inclusion is the ability of individuals and groups to access and use information and communication technologies. Not all members of a community benefit equally, and some communities have been left out altogether. <em>Building Digital Communities: A framework for action</em> is a resource for fostering digital inclusion throughout the United States so that everyone can…

Mobile Information Literacy: Building Digital and Information Literacy Skills for Mobile-first and Mobile-centric Populations through Public Libraries

For billions of people coming online around the world – many in Africa – mobile phones (and increasingly smartphones) is their point of entry to the internet. This is true in both developed and developing countries. However, the user experience on a smartphone is very different from that on a PC or a feature phone….