Cheptoo Kositany-Buckner, then Deputy Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Kansas City Public Library, speaking about broadband access in 2016, said, “It’s no longer a luxury. This is serious. It’s really a social justice issue. It’s a 21st Century civil rights issue.” The lack of access to broadband became clearer as school systems and libraries attempted to meet the needs of students and the public in the wake of mitigation efforts to COVID-19. Although it may be most pronounced in certain geographic areas, this digital divide is widespread across the country. This program, sponsored by the Intellectual Freedom Committee, will examine the depth of the problem, its causes, and look at possible solutions, as well as the wider implications for society to whole groups of people left behind in technology and access to digital information and services. Lack of access to broadband poses intellectual freedom issues as it prevents full participation in civic endeavors, and limits access to vital government services, educational resources, and economic opportunities.
Upon completion, participants will be able to share an overview of the social justice context in the lack of broadband access.
Upon completion, participants will be able to articulate the current problems in providing broadband access.
Upon completion, participants will be able to advocate for solutions to the current problems in providing broadband access.