Digital Divide

ALA urges FCC to include internet in the Lifeline program

FCC building.

This week the American Library Association (ALA) submitted comments with the Federal Communications Commission in its Lifeline modernization proceeding. As it has done with its other universal service programs, including most recently with the E-rate program, the Commission sought input from a wide variety of stakeholders on how best to transition a 20th century program to one that meets the ... Read More »

Building bridges at the “Department of Opportunity”

HUD Secretary Julian Castro with NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York City Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito

This week, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) (aka the Department of Opportunity) gathered national partners and local government and housing leaders from 28 communities to begin the real work of ConnectHome. Launched in July, the demonstration project aims to connect more than 275,000 households in 28 communities to low-cost internet, devices and technology training. It was my ... Read More »

So, what does a Google Policy Fellow actually… do?

A capitol chair at the congressional briefing.

Guest post by Johnna Percell, 2015 Google Policy Fellow I have spent much of my time over the past few weeks answering that question. From well-meaning family members curious about my unfamiliar career trajectory to strangers caught off guard by my answer to the classic DC introductory question – “And what do you do?” Typically telling them that I’m working ... Read More »

It’s time that we had a digital Constitutional Convention

Illustration of Washington Constitutional Convention 1787

Is it time to organize a digital constitutional convention on the future of the internet? In a thought-provoking op-ed published in The Hill, Alan S. Inouye, director of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) calls on the nation’s leaders in government, philanthropy, and the not-for-profit sector to convene a digital constitutional convention for the future ... Read More »

Creating a fair digital society

Susan Crawford, Co-Director, Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Inventor, World Wide Web

How can the nation’s leaders, policymakers and community institutions work together to create an equitable digital society? That was the broad question asked this week at the launch of NetGain, a day-long symposium that gathered the world’s government, philanthropy, business and technology leaders to launch a major new partnership, explore shared principles, and get ambitious about the next generation of ... Read More »