It’s Mike Sugarbaker’s Gibberish! [note: i am acquainted with misuba through a virtual community or two, hence the excitement in the previous statement]
are an interesting way to bring technology, libraries, modern communications and the like to areas with insufficient infrastructures to support home or even business connections, like in Africa. Lots of people are working on them in that context. It seems that people find it an interesting idea in the US too: Cyber Centers Burn Up Atlanta [in Wired News].
The digital divide does exist, it’s just not as simple a matter as most nay-sayers propose. It’s a cultural and political issue, mixed intricately with questions of pedagogical theory, infrastructure development (and hence market issues in the development of major capital projects), among other things.
after reading an article like this is that companies have been trying stuff like this, and more to the point, hack business writers have been crawling over each other to write about the Next Big Thing, for ages now. But it hasn’t really happened yet. Same with the elusive “community”. The only real successes are those that do it for its own sake, not to help sell something else. Let’s root for more failures! [link via Derek Powazek]
I just found out that Café Utne, a site I’ve worked on for almost 5 years, has been nominated for a Webby award in the Community category. It’s a little strange in that the category is a bit of a dog’s breakfast of totally different types of sites. But pretty cool. I’ve literally spent thousands of hours there, and it’s my primary online home. I mean, other than this!