Thursday, June 08, 2006

new site reaching across the digital divide?

Today's Washington Post reports on a nonprofit group, One Economy Corp., that will today announce plans for a public-interest Web site, designed to offer economically disadvantaged people simple information on safety, emergency services, health, education and job opportunities. To be written at a fifth-grade literacy level in Spanish and English, the site will link to existing information on the Web, and plans to strike agreements with municipal, private and nonprofit organizations to place their information on the site. First up: Pilot versions of the site in San Francisco, Baltimore and New Orleans within a year. A similar effort, www.firstgov.gov, was launched to simplify citizen searches about government Web offerings.

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