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Our Own Detrick is Quoted

More Blacks Have Access to Internet
Digital divide becoming less of an issue

By Tamara E. Holmes

August 15, 2006 -- The Verizon Education and Technology Center in Harlem, which has provided local residents access to computers and Internet training since 1996, is planning an overhaul to better serve the community’s changing technological needs.

Contrary to rumors that have been circulating saying the center was planning to close, it will remain open for the foreseeable future, says Monica Azare, senior vice president of public policy and government affairs for New York and Connecticut at Verizon. “It will be open. As for what the role, scope, and mission will be going forward, we are now [working] to come up with something more than what we are doing now,” Azare says.

“I’ve always thought that we had the problem defined wrong in the first place,” says Detrick DeBurr, author of Deal Us In! How Black America Can Play and Win in the Digital Economy. “The digital divide has always been defined as an issue of access to computers and technology and the Internet with the thought being that once people have access to something, they’ll take advantage of it. That’s not necessarily true.”

DeBurr says. “We need to train people on what to do with technology—how to take advantage of it, and use it in their businesses,” he says.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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