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CHANGE A Quarterly Journal for Nonprofit Leaders · March 2015




4Addressing Digital Inclusion in Every Mission By Amy Sample Ward, CEO, NTEN Do you have a high-speed broadband Internet connection in your home? According to the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project data, 30% of US adults (aged 18 and older) do not. Looking beyond the US, that number increases to 68% of people globally. In this article, NTEN’s CEO Amy Sample Ward provides more background on digital inclusion: what does it mean, the current efforts that are underway to address this, and how all organizations can address digital inclusion in their missions.

4AARP in the Digital Age

By Tammy Gordon, Vice President, AARP Studios Let’s get a stereotype out of the way. People over 50 are using social media in droves, including half of AARP’s nearly 38 million members. When it comes to communications at AARP, they go where our audience is. AARP The Magazine has the largest circulation in the world. And, now millions are also connecting with the organization on social networks as well.

4The Rise of Civic Tech for Social Good

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Keep Austin Connected: A Vision for Digital Inclusion By Sharla Chamberlain and John Speirs

AARP in the Digital Age By Tammy Gordon

The Rise of Civic Tech for Social Good By Micah L. Sifry

4Keep Austin Connected: A Vision for Digital Inclusion By Sharla Chamberlain, Digital Inclusion Program Specialist, City of Austin, and John Speirs, Program Coordinator, City of Austin Grant for Technology Opportunities Program As the “Silicon Hills” of the technology industry, Austin, Texas is leading the way in new technology innovations and careers. However, 55,000 adult residents living in the city today are disconnected from this increasingly connected world. The City of Austin’s vision for digital inclusion is that every resident has access to the knowledge and resources needed to engage in our increasingly digital society. By providing funding, resources, and capacity building services for organizations that provide public access and digital literacy training, the City’s Digital Inclusion program helps to keep Austin connected.

By Micah L. Sifry, Executive Director, Civic Hall Since 2004, the Personal Democracy Forum has grown from a gathering of a few hundred e-campaign activists into more than a thousand people focused on using tech not only to change politics, but to reinvent government and enrich civic life. They’ve connected and woven together literally thousands of change makers worldwide, and wondered how best to serve the growing ecosystem 4Cyber-Seniors: Capturing the Real Senior Moment Interview with Saffron Cassaday and Brenda Rusnak, of people, projects, organizations, and networks focused Cyber-Seniors Documentary on using technology for social good. After speaking to “Cyber-Seniors” is a humorous and heartwarming feature hundreds of people including government IT leaders, civic documentary that adds to the important international hackers, entrepreneurs, data mavens, journalists, and conversation about the growing generation gap. In this futurists, here’s what they learned. interview with its filmmakers, Saffron Cassaday and



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