Offline America, Why We Have A Digital Divide

A session at SXSW Interactive 2011

Friday 11th March, 2011

5:00pm to 6:00pm (CST)

Some people carry the internet in their pocket and can't imagine a life without network. Some people have no internet at all and can't imagine a life with email. There is a complex combination of emotional, political and logistical reasons why 35% of Americans have no broadband at home and why 22% do not use the internet at all. We can't start solving the problem until we understand it.

We'll untangle and explore those reasons from a variety of urban and rural perspectives, with an eye towards finding solutions and demythologizing the process. We'll give examples and we'll name names.

LEVEL: Beginner

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Jessamyn West

Rural librarian geek. Collector of mosses. bio from Twitter

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Fiona Morgan

Researcher @ DeWitt Wallace Center for Media & Democracy @ Duke. Research Fellow @ New America Foundation's Media Policy Initiative. Opinions mine. RTs ≠ +1s. bio from Twitter

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Justin Grimes

PhD candidate @ U-Md; Statistician; WV expat in DC; #opendata, #opengov, info policy, data viz, personal informatics, design, libraries, transit, cities bio from Twitter

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Time 5:00pm6:00pm CST

Date Fri 11th March 2011


Room 10AB, Austin Convention Center

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