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The Digital Divide: Why It Still Exists and How We Can Close the Gap [ssirdata.org]

 

By Stanford Social Innovation Review, January 26, 2021

Great strides were made after the 1995 release of “Falling Through the Net,” the first empirical study of the Digital Divide. Yet COVID-19 has highlighted the ongoing and widening gap between those withand those without the ability to access, accumulate, and assimilate digital information. Socially and economically disenfranchised, millions of people globally still lack access to broadband internet and a computer to work, learn, or shop for basic needs.

Why does the Digital Divide persist and what can be done to overcome it? Larry Irving– who coined the name for this urgent problem during his tenure as head of the National Telecommunications Infrastructure Administration in the Clinton Administration—will moderate a panel of respected leaders working at all levels to address this issue. Don’t miss this chance to lend your voice to those of Olatunde Sobomehin, CEO of StreetCode Academy; Ron Littlefield, former mayor of the “Gig City” of Chattanooga, TN, and Tom Wheeler, former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission for the Obama Administration.

Register now to participate in the conversation at Data on Purpose 2021, February 17-18.

[Please click here for more information and to register.]

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