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.
How one homebuyer found herself working remotely, without internet.
Barbara Drӧher Kline wasn’t scared by a rural lifestyle. The plot twist was something even HGTV had not prepared her for: slow internet.
Along the California-Oregon border, the Hoopa Valley tribe struggles to connect residents to each other and the outside world. A series of major grants offer the possibility of fiber-to-the home internet, but the barriers are high. ALSO: Listen to "Hoopa Valley Tribe and the digital divide" from Capital Public Radio.
A group of residents are working to create their own internet network in one neighborhood of Detroit. Why? Because the internet service is too slow or too expensive for many families.
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.