Popping Your Bubble: Stories of the Digital Divide
At SXSW 2011, there were tweets where people were just coming to the realization that not everyone out there has a smart phone or tablet. This panel is designed to demonstrate how those who live and work in communities with limited access cope and compensate. The panel will represent people from rural areas and communities of color that deal with these issues every day. Discussion will be around obstacles to and solutions for getting broadband access, as well as how people creating sites and online tools that want to reach these audiences can engage with them.
Allison has worked in high tech and web for over 10 years. She lived in Germany for many years and has a MA in German Literature and Culture, of all things! As a member of the Chickasaw Nation, she jumped at the chance to leverage Digital Media to support the tribal business initiatives that fund services for Chickasaw People and Native Americans.
I am a member of the Menominee Indian tribe located in Keshena Wisconsin. I am a war veteran from Iraq, was in the Marines. Graduated with an Associates Degree, "Microcomputer Specialists". Work as a basic computer instructor this past summer, now still teaching but with another job as the Community Technology Center Coordinator.
Dee Davis is the founder and president of the Center for Rural Strategies. Dee has helped design and lead national public information campaigns on topics as diverse as commercial television programming and federal banking policy. The Center for Rural Strategies leads the steering committee of the National Rural Assembly and publishes the Daily Yonder, an online newspaper focused on rural life and work.
Dee began his media career in 1973 as a trainee at Appalshop, an arts and cultural center devoted to exploring Appalachian life and social issues in Whitesburg, Kentucky. As Appalshop's executive producer, the organization created more than 50 public TV documentaries, established a media training program for Appalachian youth, and launched initiatives that use media as a strategic tool in organization and development.
Dee is a member of the Rural Advisory Committee of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, the boards of directors of Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation, Fund for Innovative Television, the Media and Democracy Coalition, and Feral Arts of Brisbane, Australia. He is also a member of the Institute for Rural Journalism’s national advisory board as well as the advisory board for the Rural Policy Research Institute.
Dee lives in Whitesburg, Kentucky.
Eric Martin, Interactive Media Specialist, has been working at Native American Public Telecommunications (NAPT) since 1996. He helped create the AIROS Native Networks’ online presence working on live webcasts and podcasts. Eric's current responsibilities have him focusing on the opportunities that New Media presents in being able to tell stories that won't necessarily work within traditional broadcast media. Eric received his Bachelor in Journalism with Distinction from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln in 1997. Eric has given presentations on webcasting, web development and radio broadcasting at the Tribal Technology Visioning Conference, National Federation of Community Broadcasters' National Youth in Radio Training Project, the Aboriginal Streams Audio Streaming Workshop, the Great Plains Music & Dance Festival and Symposium, the Native American Journalist Association Convention and the Intertribal Native Radio Summit.