Examining Inequality- Mapping the Digital Divide

Mapping the Digital Divide: Results from a National Survey of Telecenters
Jeremiah Spence, Department of Radio-TV-Film
Friday, October 26
Texas Governors’ Room, 3.116, 12:00-2:00 p.m.
The University of Texas at Austin
Note: A light lunch will be served
In spring 2007 the Observatório Nacional de Inclusão Digital (ONID – National Observatory of the Digital Divide), a quasi-independent research organ of the Brazilian Federal Ministry of Planning, initiated a multi-year nationwide telecenter survey project. This presentation will provide an examination of both the findings of the ONID survey and related findings showing the types and regional distribution of digital divide responses in Brazil. Additionally, Spence will examine the relationships between the federal government and other entities in the development, funding, deployment, management, and sustainability of both telecenters and non-telecenter digital divide responses. Co-authored by Dr. Joseph Straubhaar, Radio-TV-Film
Bio: Spence is a doctoral student in the Department of Radio-TV-Film and graduate trainee in the Population Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin. He has a master’s degree from the same department, where he focused his research on mapping historical divides in Austin over the last 100 years and the examination of class transmissibility in family systems utilizing the socioeconomic genogram technique, which he developed for that purpose. Spence has been a visiting researcher at the Universidade Federal da Bahia and the Universidade do São Paulo, a guest lecturer at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, and a research fellow at the Instituto de Projetos e Pesquisas Sociais e Tecnologicos (IPSO) in São Paulo.

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