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Archive for March, 2010

Reverse the Trend

This is a very clever promotional from the publishing industry!

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Will this plan help to reduce the digital divide?  How can we make broadband Internet access available to families who already struggle to make the monthly bills?   Efforts to increase the capabilities of networks “toward one gigabit to every community in America, through libraries, schools and community colleges” may help to extend access, but I suspect many libraries are going to need more computer terminals to really make a difference in the lives of the lower class.  And maybe more libraries in rural and impoverished areas.  Perhaps a LaptopMobile?

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The landscape of the Internet has changed dramatically over the last 15 years.  Can it be cultivated?   According to this article, information overload keeps users on the known trails and limits deep exploration into the unknown.  If only more cybrarian park rangers and trail guides could help us map this wilderness…

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