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Andy Carvin

Andy Carvin is coordinator of the Digital Divide Network, an online community of more than 8,500 activists, policymakers, business leaders and researchers in more than 135 countries working to find solutions to the digital divide.

Andy is the author of the pioneering online education resource EdWeb: Exploring Technology and School Reform, launched in 1994. Named by NetGuide magazine as “One of the Top 50 Places to Go Online,” EdWeb was one of the first websites to advocate the use of the World Wide Web in education. Andy is the founder and moderator of WWWEDU, the Internet's oldest and largest email forum on the role of the Web in education, and DIGITALDIVIDE, the Internet's premiere discussion group for examining digital divide issues. He also served as creator and moderator of SEPT11INFO, one of the most successful online communities created in the hours following terrorist attacks on New York and Washington. Andy has been featured in numerous publications, including the New York Times, Harvard Educational Review, Education Week, Washington Post, Rolling Stone, Village Voice, Wired, San Jose Mercury News, The Industry Standard and the second edition of The Internet Unleashed, published by Sams/MacMillan.

In December 2001, Andy was named by District Administration magazine as one of America's top 25 edtech advocates. Andy received similar honors from eSchoolNews in 1999 when they named him a member of its Impact 30 list of edtech leaders. He is a former member of the board of the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), which advocates policies advancing the role of information technology in schools. From 1999 to 2001, he served on the Board of Directors for the Asia/Pacific Center for Justice and Peace, a consortium of NGOs that promotes democracy, freedom of speech and freedom of religion across Asia.

Andy holds a bachelor of science in rhetoric and a master of arts in telecommunications policy from Northwestern University, where he received the prestigious Annenberg/Washington graduate fellowship. While living in Illinois, he was co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Chicago-area arts weekly, Art+Performance. Andy has traveled extensively around the world and has written about his adventures in popular online travelogues. In January 1999, Andy premiered From Sideshow to Genocide: Stories of the Cambodian Holocaust, a virtual history of the Khmer Rouge regime and collection of survivor accounts. More recently, Andy has been reporting on his travels through stories, podcasts and video on his popular blog, Andy Carvin's Waste of Bandwidth.

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Latest posts by Andy Carvin

22 July 2005

Ghana: Identifying a Murdered Liberian

A photographer circulates photos of a murdered Liberian man found outside the Buduburam Refugee Camp in Ghana. The actual photos are not shown in the video. Video: Identifying a Murdered...

Ghana: Life in a Liberian Refugee Camp

Buduburam Refugee Camp We drove along the main road linking Accra to Takoradi and the Cote D'Ivoire border, heading towards the Liberian refugee camp in the town of Buduburam. Traffic...

Ghana: The Kofi Annan Centre for Excellence in ICT

University students taking a course at the Kofi Annan Centre for Excellence in ICTThursday morning, I got to start my day by taking a private tour of the Kofi Annan...

19 July 2005

The WSIS Youth Caucus in Ghana

I've just completed an interview with Leopold Armah and Regina Banini of Ghana's WSIS Youth Caucus, chatting about the role of African youth in the UN's World Summit on the...

Smartphone+Bluetooth: Ghanaian Video Blogging Paradise

A few moments after I posted my blog entry about the potential use of smart phones and Bluetooth wireless as a workaround for Ghanaian video bloggers, lo and behold I...

Video Blog Test from Accra

It's my second day at the BusyInternet cyber cafe in Accra, Ghana, and I'm expermenting with video compression to see if I can work out the ideal size for uploading...

15 July 2005

Podcasting/Video Blogging Workshop in Accra Next Thursday

I just wanted to let everyone know that I'll be conducting a podcasting and videoblogging workshop in Accra next week. It's currently scheduled for Thursday, July 21 at 14:00 GMT...

13 July 2005

Atlantic City Rough Cuts: Youth Video Blogging for Community Development

Yesterday I spent a wonderful day working with a team of nearly a dozen teachers from MLK Elementary School in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The school is located in a...

2 May 2005

Call for Nominations: World Summit Awards USA Competition

Hi everyone, I'd like to announce the official opening of the World Summit Awards USA competition. An official event of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), the World...

24 March 2005

Local Voices, Global Visions

I'm riding on an Amtrak Acela train through snowbound Connecticut right now on my way to the National Model United Nations conference, where I'll be addressing a group of 500...

14 March 2005

Video Blog: Baramati Bus Stop

This weekend I completed a short Web documentary on my visit to a mobile computing lab in Baramati, India last week. The video, called Baramati Bus Stop, is about six...

29 January 2005

Blog: The Gates @ Central Park

Hi everyone.... I've set up a community blog for "The Gates," the upcoming art event in New York's Central Park by the artist Christo. For two weeks in February, Christo...

18 January 2005

An Inaugural Mobcasting Experiment

Hi everyone.... As an inaugural experiment in mobcasting, I've created a mobcasting tool for presidential inauguration protestors. I posted a note to a couple of protest group sites, and have...

17 January 2005

Update on Mobcasting Idea

Hi everyone... I've managed to set up a blogspot site -- mobcasting.blogspot.com -- that can be used by anyone with a Blogger account to post podcasts from their mobile phone....

16 January 2005

When Mobile Podcasting Leads to Mobcasting

I've just posted a blog entry on my website that might be of interest. It's about mobcasting-- the idea of combining mobile phone-enable podcasting with smart mob-like group action. The...

2 January 2005

Introducing Tsunami-Info.org

Hi everyone.... My tsunami info website now has its own domain name: Tsunami-Info.org. The site aggregates news feeds and blogs from a variety of sources around the world, and offers...

24 December 2004

Making Podcasting Accessible for All

Hi everyone... I've just posted my first podcast. The topic of this five-minute audio is the growth of podcasting and the subsequent accessibility challenges faced by the hearing impaired. I'm...

14 December 2004

WSISblogs.org: An Idea Worth Developing?

Last night on a whim, I went online and bought the domain names wsisblogs.org and wsisblogs.com. There's been a dearth of media coverage regarding the upcoming 2005 World Summit on...

13 December 2004

Digital Divide Network Launches New Online Community

As I announced today on my blog, Andy Carvin's Waste of Bandwidth, the new Digital Divide Network website is now open for business.

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