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LBJ School Hosts Conference and Colloquium on Digital Inclusion in Texas April 26-27

Event Details

Friday, April 26, 2013 (All day) - Saturday, April 27, 2013 (All day)

LBJ School of Public Affairs, Bass Lecture Hall
2315 Red River Street
Austin, TX 78705

Registration and a $50 registration fee is required. The fee will be waived for University of Texas at Austin faculty, students and staff.

LBJ School of Public Affairs’ Technology and Public Policy Program, and the University of Texas at Austin’s Telecommunications and Information Policy Institute are proud to present Digital Inclusion in Texas, a conference and colloquium. The conference will bring together noted scholars, representatives of federal, state, and city government, and nonprofit advocacy organizations to address gaps in broadband adoption throughout the United States.

Whether applying for jobs, paying bills, keeping up with current events or just shopping for a new shirt, the need for broadband Internet is critical to participation in today’s society. Yet 20 percent of U.S. citizens lack a connection to high-speed Internet. This conference seeks to kickstart a conversation that could improve public policies that address this digital divide and increase the reach of broadband, particularly in areas that currently lack access or are reluctant to use this important resource.

Conference panelists will discuss the impact this lack of access to broadband has had on the nation’s economy, education and citizens’ ability to interact with the world around them. Students in an LBJ School-sponsored Policy Research Project class will also present the results of a year-long study examining broadband usage in public spaces throughout Texas.

Conference participants will come away with a better understanding of what causes the digital divide in this country, whom it affects and how other nations have addressed bridging the gap.

The conference will have two components: Public Access to the Internet in Texas on April 26 and The Gary Chapman Colloquium on Communities and Computing on April 27.

Panel themes include: Public Access to the Internet; Collaborating to Achieve Digital Literacy; The Future of Public Internet Access; The Impacts of Public Computer Centers; Federal Policies and their Impacts on Access to Broadband Internet Connections.

Digital Inclusion in Texas is sponsored by: Technology for All and the Texas Connects Coalition, Connected Texas, the City of Austin, the Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs’ Technology and Public Policy Program, and the University of Texas at Austin’s Telecommunication and Information Policy Institute.