Friday, March 27th, 2015

El teléfono

By Antonia Cereijido, Latino USA Seventy-two percent of Latinos over eighteen own smartphones – almost ten percent more than the national average. We try to answer why Latinos use phones at higher rates and what mobile technology could mean for health, finances, and democracy. This article was originally pubshed in Latino USA. Antonia Cereijido is a

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Here are the first lawsuits to challenge the FCC’s net neutrality rules

*The FCC’s open internet order hasn’t even been published in the Federal Register, and already challenges to the net neutrality action have been filed. It’s a technicality, but opposing companies and agencies can do that. The basic...

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Austin Landlords Demolish Piñata Store for SXSW, Call Mexican Tenants ‘Roaches’

*So much about Austin, gentrification and the unprecedented growth of SXSW in this piece. Everything about Austin and Southby had a patina of cool, but locals, especially Latino Austinites, knew that beneath the thin veneer there was...

Friday, March 13th, 2015

Will the FCC’s Net-Neutrality Rules Hurt Minorities?

*The battle over net neutrality isn’t over. The Recent FCC ruling will come under Congressional review and I expect legal oppostion from internet carriers. But this battle has revealed a schism among Latino community organizations, along with...

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules For ‘Open Internet’

*It’s done! *high 5* VL By Bill Chappell, NPR The Federal Communications Commission approved the policy known as net neutrality by a 3-2 vote at its Thursday meeting, with FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler saying the policy will...

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Fun or Offensive? La Chancla, Latino-Themed Gaming App, Stirs Controversy

*It’s fun, until you get repeated requests to play it on Facebook. Then it’s offensive. VL By Austin Cox and Mekahlo Medina, NBC Los Angeles The first Latino-themed gaming app created by Latinos has reached nearly 1,000...

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Latino Families Embrace Digital Tools, But Have Less Online Access

*A new twist on the digital divide. Latinos use of sophisticated technology rivals middle class whites, but Latinos have less opportunity to access that technology – tablets, e-readers, computers and high speed internet. These are the tools needed...

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Finalists revealed: VL Innovators Challenge

*Check it out, this is transformative energy. Nine Latin@ project finalists that use tech to change lives and futures. The winners will be awarded $500,000.00 in grants. Look through the list, you may see someone you know....

Friday, February 13th, 2015

Cal State L.A. student and twin sister win top prize at AT&T Hackathon

*No que No??!!! The twin sisters created a camera with face tracking technology to be worn by cops in the field. They got to work on it after the events in Ferguson. They want to “bring transparency...

Friday, February 6th, 2015

This Is The Texting Service Undocumented Immigrants Are Using To Avoid Police

*This isn’t new, in a sense. It’s an old idea that uses new technology. It used to be that the position of immigration checkpoints were broadcast through commercial radio call-ins. By David Noriega, BuzzFeed When Alfredo Rodriguez...

Thursday, February 5th, 2015

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler: This Is How We Will Ensure Net Neutrality

By Tom Wheeler, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. fter more than a decade of debate and a record-setting proceeding that attracted nearly 4 million public comments, the time to settle the Net Neutrality question has arrived. This...

Monday, December 29th, 2014

ICYMI 2014: Soccer Field Standoff Highlights Gentrification Tension

*One of my favorite  2014 stories. There are many layers to this story/short video: gentrification, assumptions, privilege. The filed was OK for the Latino kids, until it was upgraded. Tech industry workers felt they had a right...

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

The Digi-Divide at SXSW 2014

*There’s work to be done to get Latinos involved in tech in genegral.  At SXSW specifically: more Latino panel speakers, programming and networking. VL By BusinessWire AUSTIN, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–A recent study by Austin-based marketing, advertising and research...

Monday, December 1st, 2014

Laura Gomez: How to get more Latinas into tech

*What a powerful voice for Latinas and diversity in tech! VL By Laura Mandaro, USA Today SAN FRANCISCO — Laura Gomez has a quarter-million Twitter followers and has worked for some of the most powerful companies in...

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