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Tuesday, October 28, 2003

"[Commentary] Columnist Simson Garfinkel challenges what he calls the myth of "universal computer competence among young people." While Generation "Net" is more tech-savvy than its predecessors, millions of kids are still not "wired." According to Garfinkel, these kids risk falling behind much faster than their elders. He cites research from the Pew Foundation, which found that 26 percent of young adults do not have Internet access. The educational divide is even more striking: Only 23 percent of people who did not graduate from high school have access, compared with 82 percent of those who have graduated from college. Garfinkel is concerned that today's society is making things increasingly difficult for people who aren't online. He believes that the problem won't be solved through more education or federal grants. "As a society, we need to come to terms with the fact that a substantial number of people, young and old alike, will never go online. We need to figure out how we will avoid making life unbearable for them," he writes. SOURCE: Technology Review; AUTHOR: Simson Garfinkel"

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CPB Report Shows Surge in Internet Use Among Underserved Children

"According to the study, parents play an important role in their childrens use of the Internet, with a majority of parents of children ages 2 to 17 and children ages 6 to 17 agreeing that parents have knowledge of and influence over childrens online activities. To a striking extent (86 percent), parents perception of their role is as a guide to good Internet content rather than as a watchdog over their childrens use."

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A Nation Online, But Where Are the Indians?

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"This is a well deserved award and all ASIST student members, past & present, and the iSchool Community at large should feel very proud for this achievement.

The ASIST Student Chapter ( has been very active and over the years, as our programs have increased, it has expanded its membership and now includes in its ranks Informatics, MLIS, MSIM, and PhD student members. The Student Chapter has a long tradition of organzing professional networking & mentoring events, workshops, colloquia, and being actively engaged in iSchool affairs and with the American Society for Information Science and Technology at the local and national levels."

Woo hoo!

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