The Digital Divide & Poverty in BC: The PovNet Story

October 14, 2016 – The online resource-sharing site PovNet has provided anti-poverty advocates across BC with information, networks, and training for almost two decades now. The organization aims to help address the “digital divide” that arises when poverty and technology intersect, and low-income folks face difficulties accessing both resources and community due to lack of access to the internet. Penny Goldsmith, former executive director of PovNet, has recently written a book (titled “Storming the Digital Divide: the PovNet Story”) discussing the organization’s story since its founding in 1997. Along with well-known Downtown Eastside activist Jean Swanson, Penny joins us on the podcast to discuss her book, poverty and the digital world in BC, and the stories she’s come into contact with over the years.