Digital Equity Podcast: Exploring This Modern Civil Right Q&A
Submitted by Michael Cruse on November 5, 2019 - 9:01am
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Good morning, and welcome to our Q&A conversation on the Digital Equity Podcast. Today and tomorrow, November 5-6, we will be talking about the first SkillRise podcast produced as part of ISTE's Upskill with Edtech project. Joining us are representatives from two of the organizations highlighted in the podcast, who are working to remove barriers to access and promote equity within digital spaces. We invite you to listen to the 25 minute podcast here if you haven't yet had a chance, and join us in this conversation.
Norma Fernandez is the Chief Executive Officer of EveryoneOn, a national nonprofit that creates social and economic opportunity by connecting everyone to the internet (https://www.everyoneon.org/), Norma sets the vision for and manages the organization's national and regional initiatives focused on creating digital equity through broadband adoption activities and digital and tech literacy trainings, focused on engaging and impacting low-income underrepresented communities.
Frank Martin leads World Possible's U.S. Justice Chapter, which supports installations of RACHEL for U.S. Justice at youth correctional facilities and adult prisons. Frank was an early advocate for bringing Open Educational Resources and Creative Commons-licensed technologies to correctional facilities during his work with the Oregon Youth Authority. RACHEL for U.S. Justice has a wealth of courses and research materials, mostly aimed at high school, college and vocational students. In addition, RACHEL for U.S. Justice features FairShake Reentry Resources with information and support for incarcerated individuals, plus a curated version of Wikipedia that meets the requirements of U.S. prisons.
We are also joined by LINCS moderator, David J. Rosen, who moderates the Integrating Technology Group. For over three decades, David has been the Director of the Adult Literacy Resource Institute sponsored by the University of Massachusetts Boston and President of Newsome Associates.
To begin, I'd like to ask our panelists to reflect on the scale of digital inequity in the U.S. In the podcast, Chike Aguh, former CEO of Everyone On, highlights research that states, 1 in 4 Americans - or 62 million individuals – do not have access to the internet in their homes. 12 million of these individuals live in rural areas, and another 50 million in urban areas. (Listen at 6m 50s)
How have these figures motivated your work? This podcast was released on November 6, 2018, one year ago tomorrow. What changes have you seen in the digital equity landscape in the year since this podcast was first shared?
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