Journalists Bridging the Digital Divide
The WiderNet Project
It has been a busy summer of training programs and installations across Nigeria and Papua New Guinea, completing our Girls Can Code project in Ethiopia, and other exciting events. We are seeking creative writers to help us tell our story in a newsletter and various publications.
Additionally, we need those of you with great writing skills to make sure that potential funders and partners in developing countries get excited about the various programs and projects that we offer at the WiderNet Project.
We have a wealth of ideas that have been archived into our hard drive and we need a writer to capture each ones essence, succinctly and grippingly (grippingly? This is why we need a writer!) so we can put it on our website for potential partners and funders.
About The WiderNet Project
1906 East NC Highway 54, Suite 100F, Durham, NC 27713, US
The WiderNet works to deliver educational resources, knowledge and training to underprivileged individuals and communities worldwide and improve their digital communication. The WiderNet Project is a non-profit organization based in Chapel Hill, NC and affiliated with the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Years of experience has taught us that the best way to provide educational resources is to take a holistic approach. We not only provide computers, networking, and educational resources, we also offer low-cost, high-impact training. The result is the exclusion of these developing regions from global communication and seeking a better education.
This is especially important because building human capacity enables people to be independent and self-sufficient using Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
The WiderNet serves many people who lack internet connectivity and information resources, but its work specifically focuses on needs in developing countries.
Why? The developing world lags behind in their access to digital information and communication. Currently, 5 billion people lack adequate access to the Internet. In many developing countries, universities may have a direct connection to the Internet, but not enough bandwidth to adequately serve their users. Only a fraction of professors and students have access to email and basic computer programs.
The WiderNet addresses these problems. We believe that ICT can empower people, giving them better access to information, knowledge and communication and in that way improve their overall quality of life.