Closing the digital divide is about more than policymaking—it’s about storytelling. The soul of the digital divide is not zeros and ones; it has a human face.
These multimedia narratives shed light on the everyday experiences of those grappling with digital inequity—be it access to broadband networks, digital literacy, or affordable internet-connected devices.
The last time Eugene Youngblood was free, CDs had just surpassed vinyl, and the first website was being made. Thirty years later, in 2021, he was released from prison in the state of Washington. He walked free into a world where online job applications, Zoom meetings, and telehealth appointments are a given. It's a world that prison didn't prepare him for.
In this two-part podcast series, Benton Institute for Broadband & Society Fellow Adam Echelman brings voices from across Washington to share how the digital divide affects incarcerated people. These podcasts are the result of a partnership with Alyssa Knight and Unincarcerated Productions. Both Knight and the staff at Unincarcerated Productions are themselves formerly incarcerated.