More cities offer WiFi on buses

April 11, 2008

USA Today reports, “Tim Harrington sits aboard the express bus from Mason, Ohio, to Cincinnati, his computer propped in his lap. He logs on, picks through his e-mail and begins his workday during the 30-to-40-minute rush-hour trip.”

Source: More cities offer WiFi on buses

Don’t give up on Wireless Philadelphia

March 31, 2008

Chris Satullo of the Philadelphia Inquirer writes, “The nonprofit grew out of a fetching vision: Take a city with a huge digital divide, half its households strangers to the Internet. Use a partnership with a visionary company to propel it to the front of the connected pack.”

Source: Chris Satullo: Don’t give up on Wireless Philadelphia

2010 high-tech census at ‘high risk’

March 26, 2008

USA Today reports, “Big worries for the nation’s first high-tech census should have been obvious when the door-to-door headcounters couldn’t figure out their fancy new handheld computers.”

Source: 2010 high-tech census at ‘high risk’

City turns to a new master numbers tool

March 24, 2008

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports, “A call center, some PowerPoint slides, a few new computers and regular meetings. It doesn’t sound like much, but the Nutter administration is convinced it can reinvent city government with those simple tools and a new management method called PhillyStat.”

Source: City turns to a new master numbers tool

Hopes for Wireless Cities Fade as Internet Providers Pull Out

March 24, 2008

The New York Times reports, “It was hailed as Internet for the masses when Philadelphia officials announced plans in 2005 to erect the largest municipal Wi-Fi grid in the country, stretching wireless access over 135 square miles with the hope of bringing free or low-cost service to all residents, especially the poor.”

Source: Hopes for Wireless Cities Fade as Internet Providers Pull Out

Journalism in the Hands of the Neighborhood

March 19, 2008

The New York Times reports, “We are uncomfortable with the term ‘citizen journalism,’ ” said Todd Wolfson, 35, a doctoral candidate at the University of Pennsylvania and one of the organizers of the Media Mobilizing Project in Philadelphia. “We prefer the term ‘community journalism.’ ”

Source: Journalism in the Hands of the Neighborhood

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