App design & the digital divide

In 2011, I gave an impromptu “lighting talk” at the Maryland Institute of Technology in the Humanities (MITH) about the importance of considering the digital divide when designing and programming applications.

Through stimulus funds, the federal government is funding broadband expansion in rural communities. Millions of people in these communities are gaining Internet access at home for the first time. This is both an economic opportunity and a design challenge for programmers and developers.