Bytes for Low-Income Communities:
LBJ Policy Research Project 1995-96

 


Information Literacy & Universal Access

We are a group of graduate students at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. Under the guidance of Professor Lodis Rhodes, we engaged in a long-term effort to expand access to advanced information technology among low-income children and adults in the City of Austin. Using this Web page, we hope to share information about our activities and stimulate constructive discussion about access issues among concerned Internet users.

A Model of Universal Access

Our efforts focus on developing a model of universal access to the Internet and the World Wide Web. Specifically, we are working with a group of East Austin and Montopolis area residents to develop and test a model to provide Internet access to low-income citizens with little previous exposure to technology and, in many cases, limited proficiency in English. This limited profiency in English may be due to English being a second language or low rates of literacy among English speakers. Furthermore, the ability to access information posted electronically may be hindered due to the use of "technological jargon" with which newer users are unfamiliar. We want to determine what citizens want from the Internet; how they become interested and engaged in using it; how they go about learning the technology and teaching it to one another; and what kind of technical infrastructure must be in place to support their learning and day-to-day use of the technology.



For a more in depth explanation of what we are doing, try checking out these links:


If you have any questions or comments, please send them to Lodis Rhodes lrhodes@mail.utexas.edu.
This page was created by the Bytes for Low-Income Housing PRP.
Last updated 5/9/96