Category Archives: digital divide news

Austin Free-Net in the News

Austin Free-Net continues addressing digital divide By Omar L. Gallaga, Tuesday June 23, 2013–  courtesy Austin American-Statesman Everyone’s plugged in, right? The digital bubble that so quickly formed around our culture, not unlike that big shell surrounding the town of … Continue reading

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Voices From The Lab: AFN Client on FOX7 News

Man helping vets reconnect with civilian world By: Mike Warren, July 4, 2013 courtesy of FOX 7 News Charles Bishop is creating a website to help vets. It has a simple premise: the vet posts their story on the site … Continue reading

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Voices From the Lab: Retiree Learns Tech Skills for Job Search

 Two years after retiring as a Janitor for the Del Valle School District, Noe Quintanilla, realized that he needed to find a part-time job to help supplement his income. When he went back to the school district to apply for … Continue reading

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Voices From the Lab: Never Too Old to Learn

Troy Shackles and Meredith Sisnett In Troy Shackles lifetime, he has seen the invention of many consumer products that have changed our lives–the electric razor (1928), TV Remote Control (1955), handheld calculator (1967), Sony Walkman (1979), and MP3 player (1998). … Continue reading

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Voices From the Lab: Connecting Home

On the surface, Sam is like many of the people who come to Austin Free-Net (AFN) to use our technology resources at Rosewood Zaragosa to look for a job opportunity.  A man in his late 40s with a booming personality … Continue reading

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The Texas Connects Coalition reaches significant computing milestones and is celebrating with Open Houses

Austin Free-Net and Technology For All, partners in the Texas Connects Coalition (TXC2), achieved a major milestone recently byserving one million users at free Public Computer Centers across the state. “We could not reach this milestone without the inspiring work … Continue reading

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Rural high school kicks off project to develop Geographical Information System (GIS) maps

“I have a student who’s really not interested in much of anything,” said a teacher at Smithville High School (SHS), located in a rural Central Texas city. “But as he researched the ESRI GIS project we will be starting soon, he got … Continue reading

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Voices From the Lab: Austin Free-Net Goes Ivy!

Austin Free-Net is turning blue – blood that is.  We have been chosen by 11 students from Princeton University for a civic engagement project.  Proud Princeton Tiger Senior, Eric Donado, told our Executive Director, Juanita Budd that their focus will … Continue reading

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Voices From the Lab: Daddy Can Do Anything!

As we all are very much aware, finding a job in today’s world is a struggle. Never mind that there are barriers to obtaining a job such as lack of computer access, basic computer skills knowledge or even transportation. What … Continue reading

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Voices From the Lab: Find What You Need at Austin Free-Net

John, a visually disabled Vietnam War veteran, came to the Rosewood Zaragosa Neighborhood center with basic computer skills.  He had worked in the early 80s on computer systems which used numbers and symbols only.  But, he had the basics down  … Continue reading

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