Microsoft teams up with Bill Clinton to fight 'digital exclusion'

Microsoft and former US president Bill Clinton are teaming up to help fight what Microsoft describes as “digital exclusion”. To help combat this phenomenon, Microsoft is committing to a three year philanthropic effort to get one million low income US students access to broadband Internet.

If you think about how much of your life and profession revolve around the Internet, you begin to understand that those without broadband access are being put at a digital disadvantage. Microsoft and Clinton are looking to help resolve this issue to give students that are affected an equal chance at future success.

The announcement at the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative, the philanthropic organization run by former President Bill Clinton, emphasizes Microsoft’s commitment to the community, according to AllThingsD.

The announcement came at the annual meeting for Bill Clinton’s Global Initiative philanthropic organization. The FCC estimates that there are as many as 100 million individuals without broadband access; many of those are due to geographical restrictions. Contained within those 100 million individuals, 9.5 million are estimated to be school age children who fall into the “digital exclusion”.

Microsoft has always been generous in giving back and this latest example shows their continued effort to support the local community. This new initiative will help bring underprivileged school age children into the digital age, a crucial step towards future success.

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And then we look over at Cupertino and see a disgruntled Jobs heckling customers for mishandling iDevices, as well as approving abusive Chinese labor.


Interesting contrast on both sides.

PlogCF said,
And then we look over at Cupertino and see a disgruntled Jobs heckling customers for mishandling iDevices, as well as approving abusive Chinese labor.


Interesting contrast on both sides.

Apple donates 9K iPads to teachers in America's poorest schools :

...It's part of a public service program Apple initiated last spring with the launch of the iPad 2. Owners of first-generation iPads who had no use for them were invited to donate the devices to teachers in low-income communities.
It's not clear how many units Apple collected, but in August every Teach for America corps member -- more than 9,000 in 38 states -- was offered a free iPad 1.
"What could an iPad do for your classroom and your students?" the e-mail notice read. "Well, we're asking you to help us answer this question."
Registration ended Aug. 31, and the iPads were distributed over the past two weekends....

http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/20...ose-first-generation-ipads/

P.S All Windows PCs, XBOXs, WP7 smartphones...are manufactured using abusive Chinese labor.

alexalex said,

Apple donates 9K iPads to teachers in America's poorest schools :

...It's part of a public service program Apple initiated last spring with the launch of the iPad 2. Owners of first-generation iPads who had no use for them were invited to donate the devices to teachers in low-income communities.
It's not clear how many units Apple collected, but in August every Teach for America corps member -- more than 9,000 in 38 states -- was offered a free iPad 1.
"What could an iPad do for your classroom and your students?" the e-mail notice read. "Well, we're asking you to help us answer this question."
Registration ended Aug. 31, and the iPads were distributed over the past two weekends....

http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/20...ose-first-generation-ipads/

P.S All Windows PCs, XBOXs, WP7 smartphones...are manufactured using abusive Chinese labor.

P.S Teach for America has a connection with Apple through Steve Jobs' family. His wife, Laurene Powell, sits on its board of directors.

alexalex said,

P.S Teach for America has a connection with Apple through Steve Jobs' family. His wife, Laurene Powell, sits on its board of directors.

Then it's an obvious reason why they support them.

alexalex said,

Apple donates 9K iPads to teachers in America's poorest schools :

...It's part of a public service program Apple initiated last spring with the launch of the iPad 2. Owners of first-generation iPads who had no use for them were invited to donate the devices to teachers in low-income communities.
It's not clear how many units Apple collected, but in August every Teach for America corps member -- more than 9,000 in 38 states -- was offered a free iPad 1.
"What could an iPad do for your classroom and your students?" the e-mail notice read. "Well, we're asking you to help us answer this question."
Registration ended Aug. 31, and the iPads were distributed over the past two weekends....

http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/20...ose-first-generation-ipads/

P.S All Windows PCs, XBOXs, WP7 smartphones...are manufactured using abusive Chinese labor.

This just shows people donating there old Apple products, Apple is not giving anything.

alexalex said,

Apple donates 9K iPads to teachers in America's poorest schools :

...It's part of a public service program Apple initiated last spring with the launch of the iPad 2. Owners of first-generation iPads who had no use for them were invited to donate the devices to teachers in low-income communities.
It's not clear how many units Apple collected, but in August every Teach for America corps member -- more than 9,000 in 38 states -- was offered a free iPad 1.
"What could an iPad do for your classroom and your students?" the e-mail notice read. "Well, we're asking you to help us answer this question."
Registration ended Aug. 31, and the iPads were distributed over the past two weekends....

http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/20...ose-first-generation-ipads/

P.S All Windows PCs, XBOXs, WP7 smartphones...are manufactured using abusive Chinese labor.

Actually many people who use windows actually build their own computers. So they aren't manufactured through chinese labor forces. Something that can;t be said for apple products. But both companeis are equalling at fault. As well as many companies throughout America..

superconductive said,
too many good people are going through this world without HD porn! something must be done

Dude, you are so right. HD porn is the greatest invention by man for other men.

this is great news. they need to make sure these kids have computers at home and know how to read and write. otherwise the effort is wasted.

show them how to use wikipedia and they will all be engineers in 10 years

On this subject :

Comcast launches $10 Internet access for poor families

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and District of Columbia Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson and Comcast Executive Vice President David L. Cohen this morning announced the official nationwide launch of "Internet Essentials," the program that will provide low-cost Internet services, affordable computers, and digital literacy training to families with children who are eligible for the National School Lunch Program.

"Broadband is our central platform in this 21st century for economic growth, innovation, and information. Broadband can be the great equalizer - giving every American with an Internet connection access to a world of new opportunities that might previously have been beyond their reach," FCC Chairman Genachowski said on Tuesday. "But roughly 100 million Americans are being bypassed by the broadband revolution. That's 68% of Americans who aren't connected at home. Compare that to South Korea and Singapore where adoption rates top 90%. Low-income Americans and minorities disproportionately find themselves on the wrong-side of this digital divide."....

Participants in the program receive residential Internet service for $9.95 a month plus tax, a $149 voucher to purchase a low-cost computer, the full Norton Security Suite, and access to free digital literacy training in print, online and in person. Comcast will sign up eligible families in the program for at least three years...


http://betanews.com/2011/09/20...t-access-for-poor-families/

I think it's funny that so many of these families have large flat screen TVs but can't afford to get broadband so their kids...can use Facebook. I really think broadband as an educational tool is overrated. Last I checked, there are still libraries, and studies have shown that on standardized tests, including reading comprehension, mathematics, and work-study, students performed no better than those who did not have access to computers.

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