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April 25th, 2010
07:26 AM ET

Technology and Minority Communities

Look for Mario Armstrong's tech reports Saturday mornings in the CNN Newsroom with TJ Holmes.

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  1. Elvia M. Chalmers

    Put your "action" where your mouth is. I am so happy for minority activists who know we are in an era of quietly educating our communities rather than large loud rallies that excite emotions but the next day there is no improvement.

    We have to work with those in our sphere of influence and be certain that they have the 21st century skills needed for employment otherwise even willing employers cannot hire them. Exposure lowers apprehension as it did for me, I am a 65 year old retired African American educator and I ,who resisted facebook, etc ,am now actively involved because it expedites communication.

    I too read 1984 but "Big Brother" already has access, we need to understand how the access works.

    April 25, 2010 at 1:35 pm |
  2. Mario Armstrong

    Elvis, you are dead on target! Thankyou for embracing tech and for sharing your story! It is inspiring and is just the type of story that can & will motivate others! And your comment about "spheres if influence" is sooo right! We all can & need to tak. Time out to teach/share how tech can improve the lives of those in our sphere. We all need to have a "PLN" – a personal learning network from which we can learn and grow!

    Digital Illiteracy is a real issue and many, many people close to 100 million Americans still have not adopted broadband. Certainly economics has something to do with it BUT there are many who can but haven't paid for access.

    Relevance drives importance! If we can teach/show more people how tech is relevant to their lives, more people will apply it! But we can't stop there – we then need to facilitate the growth of young creators not mere consumers!

    Some say minority tech access isn't a big problem because they are using mobile not pc's to access the web! The mobile adoption may ne true but there is no comparison of surfing the web on a phone vs a computer (especially when they aren't smartphones).

    So I ask all of you out there what are/can you do to decrease Difital Illiteracy?

    April 26, 2010 at 10:47 am |
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