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May 28 2019 - 08:00 PM
Digital Equity Laboratory Addresses Structural Inequities in Technology

"The Digital Equity Laboratory uncovers and addresses structural inequities that persist and evolve as technology transforms our cultural, social, and political systems." (About Digital Equity Laboratory)

The Challenges for Creating Digital Equity

Given the increasing importance of the digital world in our society, it’s critical that all people are given equal access and rights in that space. As more people go online, it’s not just a simple question of making sure everyone has access to the internet; more nuanced issues of technology familiarity and inherent biases in applications and algorithms also become important. Because of the widespread impact of these issues, there are many efforts already underway to make the internet a more inclusive place, but little in the way of collaboration and coordination. To fill this need, Maya Wiley, a nationally renowned expert on racial justice and equity, founded the Digital Equity Laboratory through the New School in New York City.

A Structural and Intersectional Approach

The mission of the Digital Equity Laboratory is to further digital inclusion by creating spaces where scholars, community organizers, and policymakers can come together and develop shared priorities. Their key focus areas include creating equitable models of digital access, privacy frameworks, and smartcity innovation. They work on these issues by conducting applied research, offering policy strategy, bringing different groups together, and creating career opportunities for those interested in building equitable technology ecosystems.

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