Sep
20
2010

DC Days: From The DNC To The CBC And Back

Image by Getty Images via @daylife Last week was the annual Congressional Black Caucus Conference in DC. There were a whole list of events going on both day and night. I participated in two events that left me with some interesting insights. The first was held at the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee. It was a round table discussion between the  committee chairman , Gov. Tim Kaine and African American Bloggers. The topics ranged […]

Sep
10
2010

What I learned about the importance of broadband literacy in urban areas from the barbershop

I’ve been going to the same barber for about 12 years now. When I first met him he was working in a local barbershop and now in true entrepreneurial fashion he is now the owner of two full service salons in the area. He knows I’m in the tech space so we always have discussions about tech gadgets mixed in with the sports trash talking and banter about current events that you can only hear […]

Sep
2
2010

Patience is a virtue

The FCC seems to have realized this in seeking more public comment on the complex issue of Net Neutrality. And that is a smart decision for at least three reasons. First, there is no reason for urgency. Nothing is broken, and the issue primarily is being stirred by people who say they fear what might happen in the future. Fear is a terrible foundation for decision making, especially when the decision is so important. Second, […]

Sep
2
2010

Interview on Technlogy, Internet Adoption and How Minorities Can Take Advantage

Recently I was interviewed on WUF1080am. We talked about a few topics: Technology, Internet adoption, How we get more minorities to take advantage of broadband, and Net Neutrality. Turned into a great conversation. Give it a listen. Navarrow Wright on WUFO from Navarrow Wright on Vimeo. Related articles by Zemanta Navarrow Wright: Flipboard May Become the First Culturally Relevant Magazine (huffingtonpost.com) FCC asks for more feedback on net neutrality (macworld.com) 7 Ways to Save a […]

Sep
1
2010

FCC’s Regulation Changes Would Be A Step Backward

Image via Wikipedia The Washington Post has always been one of the front runners of old media in race to ensure their content is available across multiple digital channels. I believe that the efforts they have made on the Washington Post.com and with the launch of the Root.com have set the standard for how other print outlets approach integrating the online channel into their business. They’ve also won a few Pulitzer’s, kept us informed  and […]

Aug
31
2010

Economic Study Misconstrues Benefits of Computers, Broadband

This post originally appeared on politic365.com A recent article in Investor’s Business Daily revealed a startling bias against the potential benefits of broadband, particularly for low-income and minority students. According to Norm Alster, the article’s author, [T]he latest research suggests that dumping technology on people actually widens the gap between haves and have-nots.  Kids who are given computers and high-speed Internet begin to slip in math, reading and English.  The impact is worst among the […]

Aug
27
2010

Broadband Benefits: Make Free Calls With Google in Gmail

Today’s installment of Benefits of broadband is all about phone calls. Imagine calling anyone anywhere in the us free and for as long as you want. No, it’s not magic jack or one of those other infomercials. It’s google voice calling which is now a part of gmail. The service which just launched yesterday has already been used 1 million times. http://mashable.com/2010/08/27/google-million-calls/ If you one of those people who is irritated each month by their […]

Aug
25
2010

Do Increased Numbers in Broadband Access Among Black Homes Mean we are Moving in the Right Direction?

The Latest Pew Report show a pretty significant increase in  broadband access in black homes over 2009. So much so that the New York Times online did a story about it here.  While my first reaction is that of excitement I want to make sure we don’t get too confident. While the growth is significant, our numbers pale in comparison to mainstream America. More and more people are beginning the realize the importance of having access  […]

Aug
24
2010

Underrepresented

Surprised?  No.   Disappointed?  Yes. That’s how I feel after reading this report on Blackweb 2.0 that says only 1 percent of web start-ups are from African Americans. “Overall, African Americans are still underrepresented in both the tech and entrepreneurial sectors,” the story notes.   The research advised that “burgeoning black techpreneurs” might find a greater reception and investors for their ideas in New York’s Silicon Alley.  I have wrapped my career — and it has become my […]

Aug
20
2010

What if …?

The last few days have seen the best and worst of the Net Neutrality debate. First, I encourage you to watch this video on CNET – http://cnettv.cnet.com/net-neutrality/9742-1_53-50091412.html?tag=mncol;2n .  You will see two experts do a superb job summarizing the Net Neutrality issue.   You may not agree with every point (I didn’t), but you will have a far better grasp of  the topic. I do agree with Maggie Reardon of CNET and author Larry Downes that the […]

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