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Latinos lagging in technology use – Big implications for access to resources

June 26th, 2008 · 3 Comments

A new report by the Public Policy Institue of California has found that Latinos are falling behind in the digital divide. In California, just four in ten Latinos have internet access at home, while 77 percent of Asian-Americans, 76 percent of whites and 70 percent of blacks are on-line at home. The majorities of people within each ethnicity interviewed indicated that internet access was important.

Considering how quickly information moves on the internet, the conveniences, and even cost savings of purchasing certain items on-line, the Latino community, as a whole, is at a clear disadvantage in not getting up to speed with current technology. Additionally, Latino school children could suffer for not growing up in homes where technology is available to access the internet to complete homework assignments, learn how search databases, and even communicate with instructors and classmates. 

The digital divide is clearly an issue that the members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus should address, and it seems that they already are atempting to do so with a Task Force to focus on Corporate America/Technology, Communications, & the Arts. I certainly hope that the Caucus reads this study and summons some of the experts in access to technology to devise policies to tackle the digital divide in our communities. Congressman Joe Baca is heading this task force, and from the looks of his own website… well you be the judge. :)

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Tags: Congressional Hispanic Caucus · Congressman Joe Baca · Digital Divide · Education · Technology

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Michaelr // Jun 26, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    This reality explains why we are at the bottom of the food chain always looking up. Working hard without working smart can’t push us forward unless we are willing to make changes on how we live and view the world. Without that understanding, we will never be able to really secure our place in it. Information Technology is already the dominate force in our global environment. Those who know how to use it will be first to benefit from it. In observing Joe Baca’s website, I don’t think he’s the right Congressman to front this Taskforce. It’s obvious he doesn’t pay much attention to this website.

  • 2 DoctorH // Jun 26, 2008 at 11:04 pm

    You certainly have a point there. Joe Baca is more interested in the gold content of the Congressional Medal of Honor, than working to give Latino children access to the internet and Information Technology. How can you support something you barely understand?

  • 3 Smith // Jun 26, 2008 at 11:09 pm

    I think every group suffers from limited access to technology. I am not one of them since my IQ and my computer skills rank very high. I grew up with the internet and lived throughout the 56k slow death era. I remembered when AOL was the only dial up provider in the nation and it wasn’t that fast.

    Anyways, I am here to inform all Latino voters about the fraud Barack Obama is. He engaged in sexism in the campaign and used the race card against the Clinton’s

    We have a movement to stop the DNC from selecting it’s candidate rather than electing the candidate by the people.

    We are called Puma’s, We stand for Women all across the nation. We stand for anyone who felt that Hillary Clinton was pushed out of the race by the liberal media and the DNC.

    We aren’t asking you to support John McCain we are just simply asking you to avoid voting for Barack Obama at any cost. We need to send a message to the DNC that sexism won’t be allowed by anyone. Including Obama or the liberal pro Obama media. Vote Thrid Party, Write in Hillary Clinton if your state allows you too. Just nobama.

    ..Hillary Supporters, join the coalition of millions of voters who thought Barack Obama was selected by the democratic party…and not elected by the people of our nation.

    http://blog.pumapac.org/

    http://justsaynodeal.com/

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