UMD iSchool Dean's Lecture Series

UMD iSchool Dean's Lecture Series

Digitally Invisible: How the Internet is Creating the New Underclass

March 28, 2019 | 10:30am-12:00pm
Hornbake South 2119

Speaker: Dr. Nicol Turner-Lee
Dr. Nicol Turner Lee is a Fellow in the program’s Center for Technology Innovation and a contributor to TechTank.  She comes to Brookings from the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC), a national non-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting and preserving equal opportunity and civil rights in the mass media, telecommunications, and broadband industries, where she served as vice president and chief research and policy officer.  In this role, she led the design and implementation of their research, policy, and advocacy agendas.  Her most recent White Papers at MMTC included, “A Lifeline to High-Speed Internet Access: An Economic Analysis of Administrative Costs and the Impact on Consumers” (March 2016), “Guarding Against Data Discrimination in the Internet of Everything” (September 2015), “Refocusing Broadband Policy: The New Opportunity Agenda for People of Color” (November 2013).

Abstract: The Fourth Industrial revolution has described the growth of the digital economy, which has disrupted legacy industries, afforded new consumer conveniences and empowered civil society to stand up to the status quo. Yet, more than half of the world's population does not have internet access, and among those are millions of Americans who sit on the wrong side of the digital divide. Please join Dr. Nicol Turner Lee, fellow in the Center for Technology Innovation, at the Brookings Institution who will discuss the state of high-speed broadband access in the U.S. and the impact of becoming "digitally invisible" in a increasingly connected society. Dr. Turner Lee will discuss her current digital divide tour, which has taken her into rural and urban communities with limited digital access across the nation. She will also share policy and programmatic ideas to address the persistent digital divide, especially interventions that support universal broadband access. Overall, Dr. Turner Lee, who has a forthcoming book on the topic, makes the case for remedying digital disparities to improve U.S. global competitiveness and social mobility opportunities for the digitally-disconnected.

All are welcome. No RSVP required.