Going to Mexico to Study Tech and Poverty–Links to my survey for Mexican citizens now available


Voy a Mexico en la mañana!!!

I’m excited for my trip to Mexico to study the impact of tech on poverty.  I will be posting about the trip on this website (trip will be from July 12th to August 16th).  I’ve also created a survey for Mexican citizens to complete about their use of technology.  It is available in this post and also on another page on this website.

Here is a link to the survey I’m conducting in Mexico.  Right now it is open ONLY to Mexican citizens.  Contact me by email: jack.barry@uconn.edu if you would like to receive a Word. doc version of this survey.  Muchas gracias!!!

En Español:


In English:


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Lovely Response to Gene Marks’ Article

Hey, Gene Marks: Love, Not Google, Got Me Out Of Poverty.

By Terrell Jermaine Starr, December 16th.

This is one of the better responses I have run across to the now notorious article by Gene Marks’ in Forbes ‘If I was a poor Black Kid’.  According to this response it looks like love, teachers, and drive are important to moving Americans out of urban poverty.  Technology cannot save us unless it is targeted, people are taught how to use it, public access is assured, and as this article nicely displays, there is support from members of the community.

“Marks’ article is equally as prejudice and assumptive. And what is worse is that, like my drug-experimenting friends, I am sure he doesn’t even feel his assumptions have an ounce of prejudice. It is this lack of self-recognition, not the digital divide, which further insulates the societal institutions of racism that poor, black kids find so strenuous to penetrate.”


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First Post: Renewable Energy helps poverty reduction from Nepal to Uganda

Renewable Energy helps poverty reduction in two very disparate geographic locals

From Nepal to Uganda renewable energy helps poverty reduction in two very disparate geographic locals.  In two reports from the news media that recently came out it appears that renewable energy helps to alleviate poverty.  This is especially important considering that most of the poor live in rural areas with no electricity.

Renewable Energy Can Limit Poverty – Report
Middle East North Africa Financial Network
Dec 16, 2011 (The Observer/All Africa Global Media via COMTEX) — Renewable energy technologies (RETs) can help end energy poverty as well as mitigate climate change related effects, a 2011 report, Technology and Innovation; Powering Development with Renewable Energy Technology.

Accessibility to energy helps poverty reduction: Experts
Himalayan Times
“Some other VDCs are also under study for the new technology” Rahman said, adding that modern energy has the power to transform lives and communities, often in unexpected ways. The wind-solar hybrid system was installed under ADB’s regional technical capacity.

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