February 2005

Committee for Democracy in Information Technology (CDI)

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CDI initially created as a network of more than 200 self-managed computer schools in the urban slums of 17 Brazilian states, helping students who might otherwise have turned to drug trafficking or violence. CDI is an example of bridging the digital divide while providing important job opportunities to young Brazilians. Over 500,000 students have attended over 800 ICT schools since the project began, laying the foundation for professional skills.

In December 2003 Rodrigo Baggio, founder and Executive Director of CDI, was reading a book about the history of Vila Isabel, a district in Rio de Janeiro. For Baggio this book had a special significance because it was written by students in a school that had been founded by CDI in Morro dos Macacos, a favela located in Vila Isabel. Rodrigo was very proud to see this. His dream

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