The Digital Empowerment and Inclusion Working Group of the Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment (ACDDE) and the Media Bureau hosted this virtual workshop to examine the role of U.S. libraries as community hubs to drive digital adoption and literacy. The workshop was convened via WebEx in light of travel restrictions and other concerns related to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and was available to the public via live feed from the FCC’s web page at www.fcc.gov/live.
The workshop featured experts from libraries, academia, and civil society organizations who discussed efforts to support underserved rural and urban communities’ acquisition of digital skills. Experts considered what constitutes digital inclusion today and the role of libraries and public-private partnerships in supporting digital literacy. Panelists also addressed the impact of COVID-19 on advancing digital inclusion, as well as the impact of various local, state, and federal interventions in recent months.
- Additional Resources on Libraries and Broadband
- Bios for Library and Broadband Workshop Participants
- Public Notice Releasing the Workshop Agenda
- Public Notice Announcing the Workshop
- ACDDE Home Page