The National Digital Inclusion Alliance’s (NDIA's) Net Inclusion conference (which was moved to fall and then cancelled because of the ongoing public health crisis) has been converted into an eight-week long webinar series starting this Wednesday at 2pm ET. From the website, its aim is to:
[W]elcome digital inclusion community practitioners, advocates, academics, Internet service providers, and policymakers to discuss local, state, and federal policies and policy innovations impacting digital equity, sources of financial and programmatic support of digital inclusion programs, and digital inclusion best practices from across the country.
Each week on Wednesdays through November 4th, one-hour webinars will tackle a wide variety of topics. More than two dozen national leaders and experts will participate, and sessions include thirty minutes of wrap-up where viewers can ask questions of the panel. See the schedule below:
- 9/16: Digital Inclusion 101 – The What, The Why, And How To Advocate
- 9/23: Research And Data To Convince Locally, To Advocate With State And Federal Policymakers, And To Allocate Limited Resources
- 9/30: Racial Equity And Digital Inclusion
- 10/7: Local Government Digital Equity Strategies
- 10/14: What Works? New Research About The Effectiveness Of Digital Adoption And Skills Intervention Strategies
- 10/21: What New Digital Inclusion Models (Partners And Funding) Are Coming Together Due To The Pandemic?
- 10/28: Coalitions – Who’s At The Table, Who Is Convening, And How Are Strategic Decisions Made?
- 11/4: Final Plenary – How Did The Pandemic Change Digital Inclusion Work – On The Ground And In Policy?
Presenters include Brian Dillard, Chief Innovation Officer at the City of San Antonio, who will no doubt talk about how the city leveraged its infrastructure to deliver free Wi-Fi to 20,000 students for distance learning during the current school year. Other participants include:
- Rene Gonzalez, CSO and Founder at Lit Communities
- Leon A. Wilson, Chief of Digital Innovation & Chief Information Officer at The Cleveland Foundation
- Daniel Noyes, Co-CEO & Chief Wrangler at Tech Goes Home
- John B. Horrigan, Senior Fellow at Technology Policy Institute
The webinar series is open to the public. You can register here.