: News

D.C. Looks To Close Digital Divide

Play associated audio

By Patrick Madden

The District is trying to close the so-called 'digital divide' between residents who have access to high speed internet and those who don't.

The city's new chief technology officer says he wants to use federal stimulus money to open as many as 70 public computer stations around the city.

Bryan Sivak says residents will be able to use computers with free wi-fi. There will be training programs as well, which, Sivak hopes, will help reduce D.C.'s double-digit unemployment.

"If you think about digital divide, the real key thing is that we not only provide access, and training, but those things actually translate into opportunities," says Sivak.

Sivak is still waiting to hear from the federal government about the $1.6 million stimulus grant. But the former IT executive is confident. He says the city submitted a "stellar" application.

NPR

The Sweet Success Of Bananas Foster Has An Unsavory Past

One of New Orleans' favorite desserts is a lasting legacy of an oft-forgotten chapter in the city's history: the banana trade, and its infamous practices.
NPR

The Sweet Success Of Bananas Foster Has An Unsavory Past

One of New Orleans' favorite desserts is a lasting legacy of an oft-forgotten chapter in the city's history: the banana trade, and its infamous practices.
NPR

Ala. Chief Justice Roy Moore Suspended For Rest Of Term Over Gay Marriage Stance

The head of the state's supreme court loses his judicial ethics case and is ordered to pay the costs of the proceedings against him.
NPR

Rosetta Crashes Into Comet, Bringing Historic Mission To End

The Rosetta spacecraft has been orbiting the 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet for two years. Now scientists have ended the mission, and the spacecraft has lost contact with Earth forever.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.