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Law Briefing – Randy Abreu

A Bridge to the American Dream: Revisiting the Digital Divide, Its Impact on the Disadvantaged, and Laws that Can Lead to Progress

April 27, 2016
Cannon House Office Building – Room 121
9:30 am – 10:45 am
Moderated by CHCI-PepsiCo Foundation Law Graduate Fellow Randy Abreu
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Currently in the United States, there is a historic opportunity to base meaningful policy and legislation around providing traditionally disadvantaged people the tools they need to succeed in the 21st century. Today, low-income, rural, and people of color are falling behind regarding their access to, and adoption of, various information and communication technologies. This paradox is known as the Digital Divide.

The term “Digital Divide” refers to the reality that some individuals have access to the Internet, and digital literacy, while others do not. Unfortunately, low-income, rural, and families of color – in particular, Latino families – disproportionately fall on the wrong side of the Digital Divide because of the high cost and general lack of knowledge and interest in the Internet.

This briefing will provide insight into the Digital Divide and provide concrete recommendations to bridge the gap.

Speakers:

Jennifer Bernal - Policy Analyst, Google, Inc.
Doug Brake - Telecommunications Policy Analyst, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation
Andy Lomeli - Policy Associate, National Hispanic Media Coalition
Robert Greenblum - Senior Policy Advisor, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Remarks from Rep. Rubén Hinojosa, U.S. Representative, 15th District of Texas

The 2016 CHCI Capitol Hill Policy Briefing Series is the culmination of CHCI’s premier, nine-month Graduate Fellowship Program.