ERIC Number: ED462973
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Feb
Resolving the Digital Divide: Information, Access, and Opportunity. Conference Report (Washington, DC, October 19, 1999).
National Coordination Office for Information Technology Research and Development, Arlington, VA.; Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, Washington, DC.; Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, DC.
This report represents the findings and recommendations of the "Resolving the Digital Divide: Information, Access, and Opportunity" conference, the first in a series of conferences designed to provide feedback to the President's Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC) on issues of the digital divide. Conference panelists were a diverse group of African American, Native American, and Hispanic expert policymakers and practitioners who were asked to discuss both findings and recommendations based on their experiences in working to resolve the digital divide. Panelists from the conference agreed that there is a digital divide based on demographics, including geographic area, income, race, age, education, and household type. The following findings are discussed: barriers to access (infrastructure, education, economics, content, ease of use); information technology is a tool; community technology centers, libraries, and schools have an important role to play; and public/private partnerships are essential in eliminating the digital divide. Recommendations for resolving the divide are then discussed. Recommendations include: resolving the digital divide demands a national initiative; community relevance and community involvement is essential for solving the divide; rethink educational approaches; continue and expand government programs and provide additional funding to resolve the digital divide; rethink market approaches; more research, data collection and evaluation are necessary to solve the digital divide; and better technology and more minority owned businesses. A summary of conference recommendations and the conference program agenda are provided at the beginning of the report. (Contains 18 endnotes.) (AEF)
Descriptors: Access to Computers, Access to Information, American Indians, Blacks, Conferences, Demography, Disadvantaged, Federal Aid, Federal Government, Hispanic Americans, Information Technology, Minority Groups, Socioeconomic Status, Users (Information)
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: International Business Machines Corp., White Plains, NY.; 3Com Corp., Santa Clara, CA.; American Telephone and Telegraph Co., Morristown, NJ.; MCI WorldCom, Arlington, VA.
Authoring Institution: National Coordination Office for Information Technology Research and Development, Arlington, VA.; Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, Washington, DC.; Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: United States