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Minorities embrace internet via handheld devices

The Pew Research Center report on wireless internet use has some interesting findings regarding broadband access to the Internet.

  • Wireless Internet Use, by John Horrigan, Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project (Jul 22, 2009)
  • Pew: minorities embrace internet via handheld devices, By Matthew Lasar, ars technica (July 26, 2009).

    It says that African-Americans access the Internet via handheld devices more often than whites, for whom an online connection is more likely to come from an ISP-connected computer. “This means the digital divide between African Americans and white Americans diminishes when mobile use is taken into account,” Pew says.

This is a development that should be of interest to those who design web sites for libraries. If you need a reason to persuade yourself or your management that your site needs a mobile-friendly interface, this is it. OCLC announced a mobile interface this year.

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