Creating the Digital Bridge: Methods

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January 21, 2021

Since the last update on the Digital Bridge project, we’ve completed our data collection for the project, and we’ve begun analysis. Throughout the course of the project, several people have expressed interest in our use of audio diaries as part of our methods. This post provides the nitty gritty on the methods and our initial…

First months of Creating the Digital Bridge

A woman sitting in front of her computer and talking on her mobile phone. She is wearing a white button up shirt and a tan headscarf.

October 30, 2020

The pandemic has forced even more of our lives to move online. In Seattle, much like the rest of the country, lower income households are significantly less likely to have a computer or internet at home and have lower than average levels of computer-based digital skills. Physical distancing requirements and the unpredictability of the virus…

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…

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

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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

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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….

Knowledge Politics Across Digital Divides: Talk at Development Studies Association Conference

June 25, 2018

How do digital divides shape whose knowledge is seen as legitimate in development? Often ICTD projects focus on overcoming infrastructure and educational digital divides. TASCHA Senior Research Scientist Jason Young argues that digital divides also shape what types of knowledge individuals can express once online. These knowledge hierarchies, in turn, can drive development processes. Jason…

Girls in ICT Day 2017: Education as a foundation for opportunity

April 28, 2017

The Girls in ICT initiative from ITU is celebrating it’s 6th annual Girls in ICT Day. The initiative is working towards creating “a global environment that empowers and encourages girls and young women to consider careers in the growing field of ICTs, enabling both girls and technology companies to reap the benefits of greater female…