I would just like to inform my readers that this blawg post will be delayed till later tonight, as I have been busy working on some other projects. However, it will definitely be up today (6/21/11) and will discuss more from the employee's perspective about their social media usage at work.
Access to Justice Means Giving People the Tools to Get There
In the mean time, here is some food for thought. Lately, I have been trying to get more involved with access to justice here in Hawaii. If you read my Civil Beat article, then you know I supported the passage of the increase to ILAF to fund organizations that do good work in terms of making justice accessible for the community.
However, as I stated I believe that there is an information gap as we continue to expand our laws and create a civil society. Those who do not have access typically are also behind the curve when it comes to technology use because let's face it, obtaining computers and smartphones may be relatively inexpensive for professionals, but not for others. The Governor of Hawaii has made a drive to adopt and upgrade our technologies, and I support him in this endeavor.
In my humble opinion, I would like to see as his term continues on a stronger an investment in tools and infrastructure. Namely, I really think that we need to get cheap laptops and computers into our impoverished communities, and set-up free wifi spots throughout the State. Why? I don't believe you get to access justice if you do not even know what is going on or where to look. With infrastructure in place, kids are pretty smart once you give them some educational training, they can then begin seeking out all the knowledge that the web has to offer (i.e. like the information on this blawg).
Communication devices and the infrastructure to support them will bring greater access to justice because the population will be more knowledgeable and have skills needed to survive in this age of digital information. Simple searches on an easy to use laptop through a public wifi network will bring them one step closer to getting answers or at least asking the right questions, which as many attorneys know all apart of the law. Just my thoughts on social justice and public expenditures.
Anyway, see you later with my Social Media and the Law post!