Topic: Digital Inclusion

Inclusion in Action: A Path to Tech Leadership

June 19, 2014

There are many ways to approach technology leadership. For some, it’s about recognizing and putting to use the latest and greatest technologies. For others, it’s about taking a thought leadership position and leveraging that position to speak at prominent tech conferences, or embracing a set of ideals and finding open source alternatives to address your technical needs. The most exciting development in tech leadership right now is the emerging movement towards greater inclusion in the technology space.

Technology’s Emerging, Enthusiastic Leaders

June 18, 2014
Carl Sagan once said, “Every kid starts out as a natural-born scientist, and then we beat it out of them. A few trickle through the system with their wonder and enthusiasm for science intact.” Nowadays it can be hard enough for some teenagers to graduate from high school, let alone keep an enthusiasm for science. Without teens staying inspired and graduating, the future does not look so bright; we’d miss out on the great ideas and collaborations they would bring to the world. This is where the iUrban Teen program comes in. We aim to bring back the wonder and enthusiasm that Carl Sagan spoke of, what we call the “technology spark.”

Free Tools to Test Your Nonprofit’s Website for Accessibility

December 27, 2013
Does your nonprofit have an accessible website? As a starting point, try testing your site using these free tools.

Breaking Through Language Barriers with Technology

March 5, 2013
If you’re reading this, chances are you have the ability to read, understand, and act on the estimated 54% of web content that exists in English. For a growing number of Americans, though, the information they’re searching for may be online -- they just can’t read it. According to the 2010 Census, more than 20% of individuals in the US speak a language other than English at home, and of those, less than half say they don’t speak English very well. That’s about 25 million people with limited proficiency in English – nearly 6 million in California alone.

What is the Value of the Cloud for CSOs in the Developing World?

May 17, 2012
There has been a lot of talk lately about the benefits of Cloud computing to the nonprofit sector, but many CSOs in the developing world are unaware of how important this technology is quickly becoming. This is in part because developing countries face additional constraints which limit its adoption, though the benefits that can be derived from its use are somewhat unparalleled. CSOs in developing countries may arguably not be as worried about security and privacy, (though this too is by no means of little importance!) because infrastructure problems like lack of a reliable electricity supply, limited internet access and slow broadband are issues they must still overcome if they want to adopt many ICT services and truly take advantage of services like the Cloud.