The Computer

The TechF.I.N Computer

All of our computers are loaded with enough software to allow a child to complete his or her school work up to a high school level, enable a parent to initiate a job search and/or take on-line classes, and enable a curious mind to tap the World Wide Web for its limitless information. To ensure both the security of the donor, and the computer's ultimate recipient, TechFIN uses PDWipe to perform a declassified drive wipe. This wiping algorithm exceeds that specified by the Department of Defense DOD 5220.22-M specification for both "clearing" and "purging" of sensitive information on Hard Drives. 

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   While the number of computers available to students in public schools has increased in recent years, a recent study noted that students actually benefit the most from home computer use.

Not only do more than 90 percent of students with computers at home use them to complete school assignments, using a computer at home presents opportunities for “unpressured use,” allowing young people to increase their computer skills, research their own areas of interest, and engage in creative endeavors without time constraints.

Some lower-income students do have access to smartphones, but these devices do not serve as a substitute for a home computer. As Education Week points out, “While many high school students have smartphones, lower-income students who lack home access to high-speed Internet and computers struggle with the college admissions process and also in doing their homework, such as research for papers."

Unfortunately, the cost of laptops and desktops continue to represent an insurmountable barrier to ownership for lower income households. Over 34% of households with an annual income of $50,000 yearly (or less) do not have a computer in the home.

The issue is more pronounced in New York City where 23.8% of all households do not have a computer in the home compared to 20.5% for the United States. Within NYC, the Bronx demonstrates the highest rate of households without a computer at 37%. The data also suggests that minority groups, specifically Black (41%) and Hispanic (29%), experience higher rates of homes without computers.

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