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WiderNet Intra-Prison Internet System

Cliff Missen and Heather Erwin discuss the WiderNet Intra-Prison Internet System. This presentation was delivered on 6 September 2014 at the Incarcerated in Iowa Symposium.

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Cliff Missen, COEP, The WiderNet Project

Cliff Missen is a Clinical Associate Professor in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he directs the WiderNet@UNC research lab and the non-profit WiderNet Project. Missen oversees the WiderNet Project’s efforts to improve digital communication in developing countries through enhanced human capacity and research into low cost applications of information technology. A TED Fellow in 2007 and a Senior Fulbright Scholar in Nigeria in 1999, he has made presentations at Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Google, World Bank, MIT, USAID, and dozens of professional conferences. Missen has provided consulting services to the U.S. Department of State, the Carnegie Corporation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, amongst others. [More…]

Heather Erwin, The WiderNet Project

Heather Erwin is an expert in correctional education who has worked extensively with indigent, incarcerated and at-risk populations in the U.S. examining the impact of access to education on incarceration and recidivism rates. She has worked for faith-based lobbying organizations, a death penalty moratorium project, and an alternative sentencing, drug treatment program for non-violent offenders. She currently serves as a US Department of Education OVAE LINCS Forum Subject Matter Expert, approved Resource Reviewer and National Trainer. Heather has a JD from the University of Iowa School of Law, a BA from the University of Iowa and is currently working toward a PhD in Education at Northcentral University. [More…]

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