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watson proposal
July 25, 2003
submitted to the Watson Foundation as part of the fellowship application
OUTREACH OR EVANGELISM?
integrating technology into unexposed communities
China, South Africa, Cape Verde, Argentina, Costa Rica
With my Watson Fellowship, I will investigate the impact that the Internet and computers are having on technologically underdeveloped communities around the world. Over the course of the year I hope to begin to understand, on a broad level, the way that technology affects societies -- for better and for worse. I will focus on programs that give computers and training to communities with little previous exposure to such technology. The goal of these "digital divide initiatives" is to reduce the technology gap; these programs deal with the interface between technology and society in a very raw and accessible form. The majority of my year will be spent in small communities where initiatives are already underway; in such places I hope to learn the specific needs that computer technology is and should be addressing. I will balance this local perspective by interviewing policy-makers and program architects; from these people I will learn about the broader issues and implication of each country's digital divide.

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watson personal statement
July 24, 2003
submitted to the Watson Foundation as part of the fellowship application
OUTREACH OR EVANGELISM?
integrating technology into unexposed communities
China, South Africa, Cape Verde, Argentina, Costa Rica
After my sophomore year in college, I took a year of non-academic leave and spent five months exploring Brazil, covering ten thousand kilometers by bus and by boat. I exulted in the pulsating energy of the Bahian Carnival and stood mesmerized by Iguaçu's thunderous waterfalls. For a month I lived in the heart of the Amazon basin and became close friends with Antonio Gomez, a Coboclo Indian guide three years older than me. Twice Antonio let me accompany him on week-long canoe excursions into the jungle. I would quietly listen as he described the wildlife and scenery to the two or three paying customers, and the two of us would sit up late at night playing dominoes and telling stories. He guided me through the surreal beauty of the rainforest and in return I took photographs which he later used to promote his business. Antonio is a sincere, knowledgeable guide, fluent in English and completely in tune with the subtleties of the forest. Unfortunately, his livelihood depends upon the Lonely Planet guidebook. Lonely Planet Brazil includes four pages on Amazon tours, and in the 1998 edition only five of the forty to fifty guides' names were included. Antonio, who had only been working as a guide for a few years, was not listed. The five lucky guides prosper and eventually contract out to the unlisted guides, who eat rice and try to convince tourists to recommend them to Lonely Planet. If Antonio's name doesn't appear in the next edition he says he'll leave the jungle because he's "sick of indentured servitude."

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the final days at wesleyan
July 7, 2003
i would say this pretty much epitomizes my feelings about leaving wesleyan.


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