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African American women are the most common users of KEYSPOT computing centers, according to preliminary data provided by KEYSPOT to Technically Philly.
More than 300,000 Philadelphians have used a KEYSPOT computing center in two years, part of the city’s $18 million federally funded public-private initiative to close the digital divide, said KEYSPOT program manager Kate Rivera. The group’s network of computer centers crossed the 300,000-person threshold this month, according to group estimates.
As the two-year program winds down, the program, powered by a stakeholder group known as the Freedom Rings Partnership, is completing a survey to measure the diversity of KEYSPOT users.
In the mean time, check out preliminary results from a survey of nearly 700 computing center users from July 2012 – Sept. 2012.
Funding for KEYSPOT is set to run out June 2013, though Mayor Michael Nutter has proposed spending $624,000 to keep the program running and partner organizations are also working on finding funding.-30-
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