Research Report: Technology Access & Education for Refugee Women in Seattle & King County

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September 30, 2020

Washington state consistently ranks among the top 10 U.S. states for refugee resettlement. The state welcomed more than 14,000 refugees in the past five years, and 1,930 refugees in 2019. Most of these refugees come from Myanmar, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Iraq, Somalia, and Ukraine. While the number of refugees resettled each year fluctuates…

TASCHA Launches Development and Access to Information Dashboards

A teal and orange graph illustrating the percentage of the population covered by at least a 3G network from 2006-2018 in South Africa

July 8, 2020

“The rights and capacity to use, create, and share information in ways that are meaningful to each individual, community, or organization.”  July 8th 2020 – The Technology & Social Change Group at the University of Washington Information School has released the Development and Access to Information (DA2i) Dashboards, a data visualization platform that tracks the…

Technology Access and Education for Refugee Women in the Context of Covid-19

Two women wearing hijabs looking at a computer and a notebook

May 22, 2020

Local Context: Seattle & Refugee Women In Seattle, home of major technology giants like Amazon and Microsoft, twenty-five percent of people living in poverty do not have internet access at home and twenty-one percent do not have a mobile or smartphone. Many people also lack the skills to use technology effectively and are more likely to…

Strategies and Resources for Tech Assistance During a Pandemic

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April 30, 2020

By: Stacey Wedlake, TASCHA Research Coordinator & Analyst As I wrote in my previous blog post, the ability to access basic needs during a pandemic relies on digital skills. As we’re seeing more and more, the pandemic exacerbates our societies’ inequalities, and communities in vulnerable situations need additional support and resources in order to “stay…

Tech Assistance During a Global Pandemic

A woman working on her laptop at home

April 7, 2020

It is difficult to “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” without the ability to use the internet to meet personal needs such as connecting with loved ones, accessing health services, paying bills, and shopping for groceries. A recent study identified that 20% of Seattle residents living alone relied on someone else to help them use the Internet….

A Review of Tools, Resources, and Frameworks to Build Data for Decision-Making Capacity in Communities and Community Organizations

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February 26, 2020

By Research Assistant Hanna Navarro and Chris Rothschild, Senior Research Scientist at TASCHA and a Nippon Foundation Ocean Nexus Fellow   What are the available resources, and what research-based frameworks have been established to understand D4D and structure D4D learning practices? TASCHA and the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs partnered to better understand how trainings to improve…

2019 Development and Access to Information Report Launch

May 17, 2019

Access to information accelerates development, and libraries make this a reality for many people around the world. The 2019 Development and Access to Information (DA2i) Report will offer new data, examples, and arguments for placing libraries at the head of national development strategies. Twenty of the targets set forth by the United Nations Sustainable Development…

The Development and Access to Information Report now available in Spanish

May 18, 2018

The Development and Access to Information report, a TASCHA and International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) project, has been released in Spanish. The report, officially launched at the United Nations High Level Political Forum (HLPF) on July 17, 2017, explores how access to information contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). More information on the project…

Maria Garrido to speak on panel “Innovation and inter-connectivity for social development”

January 29, 2018

This year the United Nation’s Commission for Social Development has recognized the topic “Towards sustainable and resilient societies: Innovation and inter-connectivity for social development” as an emerging issue for 2018. TASCHA researcher Maria Garrido was invited to join the Commission panel in New York to discuss how social policy can be re-examined to ensure that the…

TASCHA celebrates World Development Information Day

October 24, 2017

“Information and communications technologies have the potential to provide new solutions to development challenges, particularly in the context of globalization, and can foster economic growth, competitiveness, access to information and knowledge, poverty eradication and social inclusion.” — UN General Assembly Resolution  (A/RES/65/141) Over 40 years ago, the United Nations General Assembly mandated World Information Development Day to bring…