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Civic Engagement

South Florida Technology Learning Centers

The South Florida Digital Alliance (SFDA) has launched a comprehensive “digital empowerment” initiative called the South Florida Technology Learning Center project (TLC). The goal of TLC is to better prepare our community to participate and compete in the new digital society and digital economy by helping our residents become more adept at using new technologies. The TLC program provides access to technology, training,... more »
Who are you?

The SFDA is a 501(c)(3) whose mission is to expand digital literacy and provide connectivity to all citizens regardless of income level, throughout S Florida. We believe digital literacy is the single most critical educational tool for the future..

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

In our global society the development of technology skills has become a necessity for individuals seeking to excel in education, communications and economic activities. People who lack computer skills and have limited educational opportunities will only have marginal employment prospects. This fundamental economic problem has challenged SFDA to use technology to disrupt the dynamics of poverty and enhance the quality of life for residents of our region.

What data points from The Our Miami Report does your project address?

Civil Engagement - Volunteerism - our program seeks to obtain volunteers to paint the picture of the importance of technology is increasing educational, social and economic opportunities for our residents. Additionally, our project provides a platform that enables other non-profit organizations to effectively and efficiently deliver their message to residents.
Economy - our project looks to increase technology skillsets of residents and thereby their employment prospects.

Please give examples of your project's success.

Currently we have 11 Technology Learning Centers in Miami-Dade County Parks providing 108 computers and internet access for use by the general public. Platform has been used by community programs such as enrollment in the Affordable Care Act in 2014/2015. The platform will also host educational opportunities for youth and adults on various technology related topics. The TLCs will be utilized to host multiple "Hour of Code" events in December 2014 that will teach youth computer coding basics.

Organization Name (or individuals name) South Florida Digital Alliance

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Civic Engagement

Liberty City Digital Commons (LCDC)

The Liberty City Digital Commons (LCDC) proposes the creation of a Wi-Fi network in Liberty Square, the largest public housing development in Miami’s Liberty City, a historically African American, culturally significant community where fewer than thirty percent of households have Internet access. The initiative will be launched using open technologies for wireless communications, such as mesh networking, to allow for... more »
Who are you?

We represent a coalition that includes the Education Effect at Miami Northwestern High School, the School of Journalism at Florida International University, the Liberty Square Trust, and the Open Technology Institute at the New America Foundation.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

Providing open access to the Internet offers essential opportunities for civic engagement, whether seeking out volunteer opportunities, launching voter outreach campaigns, or running/joining community organizing initiatives. LCDC users will be able to use the network as a portal to both seek and post job and educational opportunities, and through these efforts, contribute to a community that is focused on strengthening social capital.

What data points from The Our Miami Report does your project address?

Because political engagement now relies heavily on digital media, increasing Internet penetration can boost voter outreach campaigns and ensure greater engagement around pressing issues when voters go to the polls. LCDC will create volunteer opportunities as residents build and maintain the Wi-Fi network, and learn of other volunteer opportunities posted to the network such as community gardening, working with charitable and after school programs, and joining neighborhood revitalization efforts.

Please give examples of your project's success.

LCDC is modeled after other successful open Wi-Fi projects launched by a project partner, the Open Technology Institute, in Red Hook, Brooklyn, and in neighborhoods throughout Detroit. Additionally, one of the benefits of launching a community-based Internet project like LCDC is that there will be useful metrics used to measure whether or not the project is meeting its goals—among them general usage data, popular access points, time users spend on the network, and the peak times for use.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Florida International University

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