The Communities Connect Network (CCN) will host the Washington State Digital Inclusion Summit, a one-day unconference connecting people from the public, non-profit, and private sectors to share policy, research, curriculum, and other technology resources. The Summit will be held on Thursday, March 14, 2013, from 8:30am-4:30pm, followed by an optional reception until 6:30, at the South Seattle Community College.
The term “digital inclusion” encompasses three areas: access, technology literacy, and relevant content and services. Inclusion seeks equity for all people, as well as small businesses and community-based (non-profit) organizations.
The Summit will feature Laura Breeden as the keynote speaker. Ms Breeden is the Program Director for Public Computing and Broadband Adoption in the Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). Under her leadership, the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) has awarded more than $452 million for projects to make essential computer and Internet services more available, affordable, and useful. Since 1983, Ms. Breeden has worked to advance the use of modern digital communications for the public good, and she will provide a national perspective on technology adoption trends and disparities.