Author Archives: Martin Wolske

About Martin Wolske

I'm a Senior Research Scientist in Community Informatics at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois.

Labor Day and Digital Literacy for ALL Learners

The following is a post I just made to our project page for a project I am leading called “Digital Literacy for ALL Learners, funded by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity through their Eliminate the Digital Divide program. … Continue reading

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Child immigrant crisis

We have reached a crisis point regarding the children who are coming, often unaccompanied, to the U.S. from Central America.  Vox has done a helpful two minute summary on the issue.  We recently watched The Stranger, a short film about … Continue reading

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Of Gardens and Walled Communities

This morning I laid in bed listening to passersby walking or biking down our street commenting on our garden. A few minutes later I was walking through the garden assessing the impact of the overnight rains. I pulled a few weeds … Continue reading

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Facebook Does Mind Control

Originally posted on Gurstein's Community Informatics:
News is coming out about Facebook initiated and largely conducted social research experiment examining the effects of various types of emotionally loaded messages on the “mood” of selected Facebook (FB) users. The details…

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Wealth requires commonwealth

I’ve had a phrase running through my mind recently about how there isn’t wealth without commonwealth. But for the life of me I couldn’t place where I had come across that phrase. Finally, this morning I found a reference to … Continue reading

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My “Inconvenient” Walk

I received word from our credit union today that soon we’ll be able to electronically deposit our checks from a smartphone or scanner. I had in my pocket a check that has been awaiting deposit for a week and thought … Continue reading

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Neighborhood Gardening

Recently I posted about urban farming as civic duty. Today in my email one of the aggregator lists I subscribe to sent me a link to this article about Neighborhood Gardening in Mother Earth News. This is a great example of … Continue reading

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