March 16, 2001
Bridging the digital divide for inner-city residents
Author: JT Smith
Relying on the charitable donations and the help of a dedicated group of volunteers, the American Friends Service Committee have created a computer lab in an inner city Washington, D.C. neighborhood, "eschewing prohibitively expensive big-name software." The twelve networked computers in the lab take advantage of Linux and other freely available Open Source programs. Program officers claim that Microsoft and its high-cost wares are actually expanding the "digital divide." Full story at MARStar.