Desegregate the Internet; How We can Create Digital Equity in the Wake of COVID

Tomorrow is the launch of our new podcast, “Desegregate the Internet; Access Granted” please join us at 1 pacific.  We will break down how we can all work together to desegregate the internet. We have some national digital divide experts, and we will be picking up where our last podcast, Access Denied, left off. W.E.B.…


Don’t forget about Home Schoolers When We Address the Digital Divide

“Hi, my 7th grader is in need of a computer and internet. She is currently doing zoom classes via smartphone. This is not fully sustainable.”- An Oakland parent This from an Oakland parent struggling with distance learning.  We have “Oakland Undivided” the City’s program to provide free internet and devices to Oakland families that need…


Talking to “The Jackie Robinson of the Internet,” Larry Irving, on the Next Frontiers in Digital Inclusion

Before Larry Irving’s research there was no widely accepted “digital divide” and no effort to systematically address it.  And beyond seeing the problems he led efforts to remediate it, serving during both the Clinton and Obama administrations, and earning a spot in the Internet Hall of Fame, as it’s first Black member. Join us tomorrow…


It’s National Digital Inclusion Week, Do you Know Where your Students Are?

During distance learning, if you can’t get online, you can’t get to school.  Last we knew, roughly half of Oakland’s students were unconnected or underconnected, with our most historically underserved students being the most disconnected.   And there were 15-17 million students nationwide in the same drifting boat, wafting further and further from proficiency. Even worse,…


The Federal Government Promised Native American Students Computers and Internet. Many Are Still Waiting.

by Alden Woods, Arizona Republic. This story was originally published by ProPublica Native American students in BIE operated schools were forced to start the school year without adequate technology, sometimes sharing a single computer among siblings, because the agency disbursed funding late and failed to purchase equipment in time. SERIES:LESSONS LOST How Federal Schools Are Failing…