This Tuesday at Change, Trevor Perrier from UW CSE brings dispatches from the digital divide.
We all know the digital divide is rapidly disappearing and the world is more connected then it ever has been before. While it is true that tweets have been sent from the top of Mount Everest and the ISS, as Kurtis Heimerl talked about 3 weeks ago there are locations much closer to sea level where finding a 3G or wireless connection is difficult, or even impossible. However, in those places where the global network is beginning to penetrate it is brining change and providing new opportunities. In this talk we learn just how ubiquitous digital technology is at both the trailing and leading edge of the digital wavefront in Africa.
Trevor Perrier is a new grad student at UW working with Change and ICTD under Richard Anderson. From July 2008 – October 2011 he was a Peace Corps Volunteer in South Africa. He lived 42km from the Swaziland boarder in Emjindini and worked at an Educational Resource Center assisting teachers at local schools in math and science. After spending three months back home Trevor, needing something to do until grad school started, joined Peace Corps Response. Sent to Liberia he lived in a rural village 25km from Ivory Coast and taught math and science in the local school for six months. Now back from four years working at the grass routs level, Trevor is excited to approach development from a different perspective as part of UW.
What: Trevor Perrier: Dispatches from the digital divide
When: Tuesday, October 30th at 12 noon
Where: The Allen Center, room CSE 203