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Sunday May 31, 2009

Homeless but Not Web-less

The Wall Street Journal has an article about how even homeless people feel the urge to stay online, with some even managing to acquire a laptop to stay connected. They may not have a street address but they have a web address, as well as the normal SocNet accounts such as Twitter, Facebook, etc.

Lisa Stringer, who runs a program that teaches job and computer skills to homeless and low-income residents, says some students who can't even read or write save money to buy computers at Goodwill. "It's really a symbol in today's society of being OK and connected," she says. She sometimes urges homeless students to put off buying laptops until their living situations stabilize.

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