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North Philadelphia: Infrastructure of The Internet Highlights Digital Divide

North Philadelphia: Infrastructure of The Internet Highlights Digital Divide

Just a few feet beneath every Philadelphian exists a web of veins responsible for carrying precious information, like the oxygen carried by our blood, to and from the city.  Just as oxygen is needed by our brains to function, information, best characterized as communications, are needed by Philadelphia’s residents, government and businesses. Unlike the mast […]

 

Technically Philly: The Passion Behind EvoXLabs

Technically Philly: The Passion Behind EvoXLabs

After suffering from a spinal cord injury as result of a car accident in 2013, Ather Sharif began his Spinal Cord Injury Blog soon after to motivate people in a similar situation to move forward. Sharif, a web developer for nearly 10 years, said he learned more about the things that limit those with disabilities […]

 By Tasia N. Morgan, Angela M. Mayo and Samantha Ortiz

Plan Philly: Poplar Library Branch Embraces Technology and Social Media

Plan Philly: Poplar Library Branch Embraces Technology and Social Media

Limited Internet access does not stop East and West Poplar residents from getting online. The 255 daily visitors of the Ramonita G. de Rodriguez Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia are primarily there to use the computer services. In a 2012 article by Technically Philly, reporter Brian James Kirk revealed that 55 percent of […]

 By Ian Darrenkamp and Stephen Kimmerly

Hunting Park: Library Hotspot Offers Free Internet Access To Local Residents

Hunting Park: Library Hotspot Offers Free Internet Access To Local Residents

In our current Internet age we often go by the belief that we are all universally plugged into the Web. But for those living in less fortunate neighborhoods this belief does not always hold true. Thanks to the Free Library of Philadelphia, places like the Mercy Neighborhood Ministries are now providing free Internet hotspots to […]

 By Tracy Galloway

Center City: Urban Affairs Coalition Receives Grant to Increase Broadband Access

Center City: Urban Affairs Coalition Receives Grant to Increase Broadband Access

In mid-September, the Freedom Rings Sustainable Broadband Adoption Partnership, a coalition of non-profit organizations, institutions of higher education, private businesses and government organizations, was awarded an $11.8 million grant to increase Internet access in Philadelphia. The grant was awarded to the SBA Partnership by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration through its Broadband Technology Opportunity […]

 Tracy Galloway

Center City: Philadelphia FIGHT Provides Internet Services to HIV/AIDS Community

Center City: Philadelphia FIGHT Provides Internet Services to HIV/AIDS Community

Allison Wolf always had a corporate job. Until 10 years ago, when she came to work for Philadelphia FIGHT’s Critical Path Project. “I was lucky enough to be offered the job here at Philadelphia FIGHT because I felt like I wanted to give back to my community,” she said. The Critical Path Project is one […]