Working Media and Information Services is a program designed to use web and cloud computing technology to tell stories, deliver access to information and vocational training to improve the lives and economic opportunities of low-income working people.

There are three aspects to the program:

1. Digital Video Media:

Our dedicated portal - www.workinmedia.info - has content specific channels for showcasing web video for "a world that works".

For many years, we have been successfully using digital video to tell our story, create compelling presentations, and to document speeches of labor and community leaders. By using low-cost web-video technology, we expand the reach of stories about a world that works to the 24/7/365 worldwide network of Internet users.

Our goal is to both display our own self-produced videos and to showcase videos from around the web, focusing on educational stories, innovations and solution oriented campaigns.

Our intention is to be more than a destination for viewing video. We seek to serve as a resource for discovering great videos that can be redistributed, posted into blogs and newsletters and embedded into other web channels.

We are engaging a network of young volunteers and video professionals to assist us. We facilitate opportunities to "learn by doing" for young people. We give credit to their contributions and skills by presenting their work within our community based portal.

2. Information Services & Internet Access:

Working Media's Information Services & Internet Access project is designed to place AT&T 3G connected pad computers secured to laptop stands in the lobbies of San Francisco community based organizations serving low-income San Franciscans. This pad based Internet access system is wireless and rechargeable, so it runs all day without any electric plug or cables. The touch screen pad is user friendly, easy to lean and unbreakable with normal use. Placed in waiting rooms of health clinics, legal clinics and hiring halls, they provide an opportunity for poor people to learn and use the world's best technology. They can access information on the agencies they are visiting as well as news, mobile email, maps and transit information. These units are often used by kids waiting with parents and quickly turn into a family learning experience. Working Media is developing relationships with cutting edge app developers, such as Resources Match - La RED, an online screening and referral software application and basic survival guide information providers, such as San Francisco Free Help Charts to deliver much needed information services into the hands of low-income San Franciscans.

Download Internet Access & Information Services One-Page PDF

3. Vocational Training:

Working Media has been successfully using the non-profit enterprise version of the Salesforce.com "cloud computing" contact management system for several years. We are working to establish a vocational training program for low-income workers teaching Salesforce.com focused computing skills and Call Center customer management skills. Working Media is collaborating with the Mission Language and Vocational School (MLVS) to develop a unique training program that will provide opportunities for manual labor and service workers to learn skills and get jobs providing cloud based computing services.

How big is the Internet's reach? - How big is video on the web?
How fast is it growing?

  • There are over 2.4 billion Internet users worldwide, as of June 2012, and over 273 million Internet users in North America. By 2015, there will be nearly 3 billion Internet users -- more than 40 percent of the world's projected population.
  • Nearly half of all IP traffic will originate with non-PC devices by 2017. In 2010, PCs generated 97 percent of consumer Internet traffic. Traffic from wireless and mobile devices will exceed traffic from wired devices by 2016. In 2012, only 26 percent of consumer IP traffic originated with non-PC devices, but by 2017 the non-PC share of consumer IP traffic will grow to 49 percent. Globally, mobile data traffic will increase 13-fold between 2012 and 2017 and grow three times faster than fixed IP traffic. Global mobile data traffic was 2 percent of total IP traffic in 2012, and will be 9 percent of total IP traffic in 2017. This shows the impact that devices like tablets, smartphones and connected TVs are having on how consumers access and use the Internet.
  • Internet video to TV doubled in 2012. Internet video to TV will continue to grow at a rapid pace, increasing fivefold by 2017. Internet video to TV traffic will be 14 percent of consumer Internet video traffic in 2017, up from 9 percent in 2012 It would take an individual over 5 million years to watch the amount of video that will cross global IP networks each month in 2017. Every second, nearly a million minutes of video content will cross the network in 2017.
  • Globally, consumer Internet video traffic will be 69 percent of all consumer Internet traffic in 2017, up from 57 percent in 2012. This percentage does not include video exchanged through peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing. The sum of all forms of video (TV, video on demand [VoD], Internet, and P2P) will be in the range of 80 to 90 percent of global consumer traffic by 2017.
  • Out of the world's 7 billion people, 6 billion have access to mobile phones. There are 600 million people in the world who have mobile phones, even though they do not have electricity at home. The mobile network has extended beyond the boundaries of the power grid. This is creating opportunities for off-the-grid solar and clean tech in the developing world.
  • The "Internet of Things" connected 80 "things" per second in 2013. More than 50 billion things will be connected to the internet by 2020. These are things such as mobile devices, parking meters, thermostats, cardiac monitors, tires, roads, cars, supermarket shelves and cattle.