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May 1 2009

Getting Online for a Better Off-Line Life

For organizers, digital divide is part of power divide

Tekle Gebremedhin, an Eritrean immigrant and veteran cab driver in Philadelphia, might not seem like the most obvious activist for broadband policy, a field long dominated by technology wonks. But in the course of a battle for the drivers’ right to form a union, Gebremedhin and his fellow organizers at the Unified Taxi Workers Alliance (UTWA) recognized the vital role of video and the Web in telling their story. As Gebremedhin explains: “We have 3,000 drivers. It’s not easy to communicate with one another.” Internet access in places where drivers congregate, like the train station or the airport, would mean […]