CC shows that even the most disadvantaged can be empowered to learn-to-learn to use computers and can begin to function online and gain benefit under the most extreme institutional and economic conditions, but it takes more time and resources than providers expected and the Recovery Act provided.
I was able to analyze the current public policy context and write this paper through the support of the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) in Berkeley, California. My research findings related to California Connects (CC) were made possible through in-kind support from ICSI and a research evaluation award from the Foundation for California Community Colleges (FCCC), through the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP), administered by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) at the U.S. Department of Commerce, and funded by the Recovery Act. I received valuable institutional support and feedback on some of my ideas from Manuel Castells, Jerome Feldman, Srini Narayan, Martin Sanchez-Jankowski, Nelson Morgan, Deborah Crawford, Maria Quintana, Elisa Orosco Anders, and Francine Jefferson. I am most grateful to the people involved in creating development and technology-based opportunities for the disadvantaged and their target population for honestly sharing their experience. Plus, all the other people targeted by national public policy who also participated in my study − they grounded my scientific views and informed the weakness and strengths of my presumptions of what the problem and solution could be.
Gordo, B. (2015), "Roads and Roadblocks to Digital Inclusion: An Analysis of a Public Policy Program in California", Communication and Information Technologies Annual (Studies in Media and Communications, Vol. 10), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp. 235-288. https://doi.org/10.1108/S2050-206020150000010009Download as .RIS
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