Today it's hard to get by without access to the internet. Our organizing work focuses on improving access to digital resources in underserviced commuinites, and increasing communal knowledge and capacity.
The costs of getting online are huge. Computers are expensive, internet service is monopolized and cost-prohibitive. A large portion of the US gets their "broadband" services through their phone carrier, and while that's fine for Facebook, it's hard to fill out job applications on a 5" touch screen.
Ioun Digital is working with local small businesses that hold public space to set up free-to-use computers throughout communities. We'll provide the hardware and keep it working, they'll provide the space, you get online. Everybody wins.
The people we have in community around us are incredibly smart, but access to quality training and education is expensive and limited. Being clever sometimes isn't enough, particularly when it comes to complex systems.
We pair community members with skilled professionals in various technology fields. These mentorships provide hands-on learning experience and increase the number of people in communities that are able to fend for themselves in our new digital age.