The Divide: How broadband barriers are impacting civil society orgs

This week: Connect Humanity's Christopher Worman and Makaia's Catalina Escobar join the podcast to discuss how global broadband barriers are making it harder for civil society organizations to reach impacted communities.

Nicole Ferraro, Editor, host of 'The Divide' podcast

February 21, 2023

At a Glance

  • Main digital barriers faced by civil society orgs and their constituents (4:30)
  • Background on Makaia's digital equity work in Latin America (8:05)
  • Why we need new broadband business models (18:02)

This episode features Christopher Worman, co-founder of the digital equity nonprofit fund Connect Humanity; as well as Catalina Escobar, co-founder of Makaia, a nonprofit based in Colombia that helps provide digital skills and other resources for social development.

According to a recent digital inequity report from Connect Humanity, 95% of civil service organizations – like Makaia – said the Internet is vital to their ability to do their work. However, three in four also said that various digital inequities limit their ability to serve their communities.

We get into some of the details of that report, including how the digital divide is hurting both civil society organizations and the communities they serve, how organizations like Makaia are overcoming some of those barriers, and the solutions needed to address this on a global scale.

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About the Author(s)

Nicole Ferraro

Editor, host of 'The Divide' podcast, Light Reading

Nicole covers broadband, policy and the digital divide. She hosts The Divide on the Light Reading Podcast and tracks broadband builds in The Buildout column. Some* call her the Broadband Broad (*nobody).

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