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The digital divide is the gap between those individuals and communities that have, and do not have, access to the information technologies that are transforming our lives. The divide unfortunately aligns with economic, racial and ethnic parameters. On the up side I read a piece today about government plans, and I think they may be on to something.

The FCC is eyeing Internet-based television services, delivered via open-source set-top boxes as a potential avenue to bridge the digital divide and provide universal broadband access.

“Computers may be in 74% of American homes, but televisions are in 99% of homes. Clearly, if your television offered a way to easily switch over to the Internet, we would be providing a way for all Americans to get online,” said FCC Senior Counselor Colin Crowell.

You can read the article that sparked me from the Chicago Tribune.

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When I named this blog Vene, Vidi, Voce — I Came, I Saw, I’ve Got to Tell You About It, this was the type of post I had in mind.   A web site that I just stumbled upon (I can say that without infringing any copyrights, can’t I?) has rocketed to becoming my favorite site and my first check in the morning.  The site is Daily Icon Magazine.  It is a beautiful site covering architecture, design, fine gadgets, exotic foods and travel.  I will let the site speak for itself below and when you click and check it out.

Daily Icon Magazine features profiles of extraordinary Designers, Architecture and Products, with a special focus on furniture, accessories and lighting for the home. Dedicated to unearthing emerging and established talent and sharing inspiring design solutions. The format is simple: lots of images, carefully edited.

In addition, regular weekly posts feature:

Monday – Archicon
Every week we feature on an Architecture Icon, from the early days of modernism to the present.

Tuesday – Interiors
From Abidjan to Zürich, the best in domestic and commercial interiors

Wednesday – Living Icon
Major contributors to design — people (past, present or future) who have changed, or will change, the course of design as we know it.

Thursday – Design Icon
A single product or design that has had a direct and lasting impact on our culture, either though design, function or meaning.

Friday – Food & Travel
Out of the way destinations, and some of the most creative hotels, restaurants and cutting edge ideas in cuisine, as well as current trends in packaging.

Saturday – Books
A well stocked library is essential — designer monographs, photography and architecture, each carefully selected to inspire.

Sunday – Rest
All the rest: photography, art, eclecticism, and all the things that life offers.

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craigslistOver the last few years I have bought and sold items via craigslist from a magazine to a sportscar. I am a bonafide Craigslist.org fanatic and with over 40 million users each month it is clear I am not alone.

Craigslist has become one of the most diverse social networking and classified ad sites on the Internet. It is a place to find roommates, romance, furniture, jobs and lively debates. While the vast majority of users are interested in honest commerce and conversation, there are numerous cases of the site being used for a host of illegal activities, including prostitution, robbery, identity theft, fraud and now it seems even serial murder.

Boston Police say the man they believe murdered an aspiring actress Julissa Brisman, 26, at the Copley Marriott in Boston two days ago may also be responsible for other attacks on women, (one possibly last night in Rhode Island) and that he possibly met them through their advertisements on Craigslist.

It is too easy to blame the site for what it cannot control. The overwhelming majority of craigslist users are trustworthy and well-intentioned. But, most are strangers and we all remember what we learned as children “there are dangers in strangers”. Craigslist offers the following advice for your safety:

With billions of human interactions facilitated through craigslist, the incidence of violent crime has been extremely low.

Nevertheless, it’s very important to take the same common sense precautions online as you would offline. When meeting someone for the first time, please remember to:

  • Insist on a public meeting place like a cafe
  • Tell a friend or family member where you’re going
  • Take your cell phone along if you have one
  • Consider having a friend accompany you
  • Trust your instincts

Taking these simple precautions will help make craigslist safer for everyone.

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