Internet for everyone

The USA ranks 15th in broadband adoption, which is key to getting more access for rural areas. Germany, where I live, has dropped from rank 10 to 14. The table is from a publication by InternetforEveryone.org called One Nation Online. Also see the OECD report, The Future of the Internet Economy.

Of course, the US, Germany, Sweden etc. are still doing comparably well in terms of overall Internet access. World internet usage statistics showing general access add perspective.

Here is the Internet for Everyone official call:

Robin Chase on internet access in rural areas:

Robin Chase mentions her green web-based companies zipcar (car rental) and goloco (ride sharing).

Launch of InternetforEveryone.org at the Personal Democracy Forum in New York City (June 24, 2008).

BigDialog: Ask the President-Elect

http://www.BigDialog.org, a cross-partisan partnership of academics, bloggers, and e-communities invites President-Elect Barack Obama to answer the people’s questions. The eCitizen Foundation (a Massachusetts non-profit) along with its partners and supporters, including Bill Mitchell of MIT and Lawrence Lessig of Stanford, are asking people to pose and prioritize text and video questions for Mr. Obama. The questioners behind the top three questions will be flown to MIT in mid-December, receive a tour of the MIT Media Lab, and engage in a networked event with the Obama transition team, subject to the terms and conditions found on the eCitizen Foundation’s website.

White House online

young and restless

Aren’t they lovely? The average campaign donation for Obama was 83 dollars. This time you know who the money came from.

The picture is ripped from the print edition of the article “Young and Restless” in the Financial Times of 24 October, which sweetened my ride home last night. Here is one section that will be interesting to those of you involved in media democracy and e-government:

AN INTERACTIVE RETURN FOR FDR’S FIRESIDE CHAT

Barack Obama has used the power of the internet to transform the way election campaigns are run – and if he wins the White House next month he is thought likely to use the web to transform the presidency, writes Rebecca Knight. Continue reading White House online