Digital Equity

Technology and Learning in the Lives of Lower Income Families

Please note that attendance at this event is by invitation only, but the live stream will be available on this webpage on the day of the event. 

Please join the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, Rutgers University, and New America on February 3, 2016 for Digital Equity: Technology & Learning in the Lives of Lower Income Families. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler will deliver opening remarks at the event, hosted by New America at our new headquarters located at 740 15th Street, NW in Washington D.C., from 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Please RSVP, as space is limited. Coffee and registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and remarks will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. A light breakfast will be provided and lunch will be at 1:00 p.m.

The forum will highlight the results of a nationwide survey of lower-income families, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Key Topics Include:

  • Demographic differences in families’ online connectivity
  • Presence of digital devices and Internet connections in the home
  • Use of libraries and other community access points
  • Barriers to consistent access and implications of mobile-only connectivity
  • Experiences with subsidized Internet access
  • How families use digital technology for home-school connections and for informal learning
  • Untapped family and community assets that can be leveraged in digital equity programs.


8:30 AM: Breakfast and Registration

9:00 AM: Welcome

Michael Levine, Joan Ganz Cooney Center

9:05 AM: Survey Presentation

Vicky Rideout, VJR Consulting

9:15 AM: Qualitative Research Presentation

Vikki Katz, Rutgers University

9:30 AM: Introduction of Chairman Wheeler

Jeff Dunn, CEO, Sesame Workshop

9:35 AM: Opening Remarks: Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler

9:50 AM: Discussion: Expanding Access among Low-Income Families

Moderator: Lisa Guernsey, New America

Craig Watkins, University of Texas, Austin

Jaime Casap, Google education evangelist

Christopher Cao, Reboot for Youth

10:30 AM: Promoting and Sustaining Broadband Adoption

Zach Leverenz, EveryoneOn

Sarah Morris, Open Technology Institute, New America

10:55 AM: Privacy and Digital Inclusion

Claire Gartland, Electronic Privacy Information Center

Mary Madden, Data & Society

11:30 AM: Discussion: Parent and Community Engagement and Collaborative Learning

Moderator: Kevin Clark, George Mason University

Susan Neuman, NYU

Lisa Guernsey, New America

11:55 AM: Reaching under-connected Hispanic families

Carmen Gonzalez, University of Washington

Ernesto Villanueva, Chula Vista School District

12:20 PM: Socio-economic status, digital media, and parenting styles

Lynn Clark, University of Denver

Deb Socia, Next Century Cities

12:45 PM: Moving Forward – An Action Agenda

Vikki Katz, Rutgers University

1:00 PM: Adjourn