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community technology and the digital divide

From 1996 through 1999, Josh Senyak helped to manage Computers in Our Future, a $6 million project to develop open access “community computing centers” in eleven low-income neighborhoods in California. This ambitious project, initiated and funded by the California Wellness Foundation, was an important early experiment in using a “community technology” approach to address disparities in technology access. In five years of operation, CIOF served over 22,000 low-income residents. Over 80% of the users were people of color, most of them 24 or younger.

In 2000, Josh summed up some of the lessons he learned in these articles, co-written with fellow CIOF veteran Albert Fong. These articles are still much quoted in discussions on the ‘Digital Divide.’

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