Closing the Digital Divide

New York City Bar Association · Closing The Digital Divide

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The Digital Technology Task Force explores the crisis of unequal access to digital technologies. Robert A. Marchman and Jolevette Mitchell talk about how this huge issue can hide in plain sight, and they go over some of the existing efforts to close the gap as well as existing challenges. This episode also covers some of the pitfalls that even well-intentioned reforms must be careful to avoid. 

Tune in to hear more about: 

  • What is the digital divide? Who are the communities that are affected? 
  • What is being done at the local, state and federal level to close the digital divide? 
  • How can existing programs be expanded, and how can existing programs better work together? 
  • How can reform efforts avoid the possible harms implicit in the use of many technologies? 

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(GAO) Broadband: National Strategy Needed to Guide Federal Efforts to Reduce Digital Divide

(City Bar) Support for Legislation Providing Internet Access to Individuals Living in Temporary Housing Throughout New York State

(City Bar) Help Ensure Internet Access for New Yorkers Experiencing Homelessness