TEDxSanMigueldeAllende – Bridging the Digital Divide
This TED Talk by Aleph Molinari talks about the Digital Divide – the issues faced by those who don’t have access to computers and technology. This prevents people from getting jobs, learning new skills and pursuing a better life.
Aleph Molinari, President of the Fundación Proacceso ECO, A.C., studied Economics and Critical Theory at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. In 2006, in conjunction with the Universidad Autónoma de México, Aleph conducted an in-depth study on the effects of solid residue disposal and urban approaches to Mexico City’s periphery. The study formed the conceptual basis of a documentary film on the processes of Mexico City’s trash cycle and the lives of trash pickers living in the outskirts of the city.
In 2008 Aleph founded the Fundación Proacceso ECO with the objective of reducing the digital divide and providing access to quality education. After two years of designing the project, the Red de Innovación y Aprendizaje (RIA) or Learning and Innovation Network was inaugurated in 2009 as a network of community centers that provide education with the use of technology. Today, the network has grown to 42 educational centers located in 28 municipalities with a high degree of poverty and lack of infrastructure. The RIA has currently reached more than 115,000 users in less than two years of operating and has graduated more than 28,000 users. By the end of this year the network will be expanded to 70 educational centers and will reach approximately 350,000 users by the end of 2012. Aleph has presented the model of the RIA twice at the Annual Forums of the OECD.