Net Inclusion 2016: The National Digital Inclusion Summit
When: May 18-19, 2016
Where: Kansas City Public Library
The National Digital Inclusion Alliance and the Kansas City Public Library welcomed over 200 digital inclusion practitioners, advocates, academics, Internet service providers and policymakers at Net Inclusion 2016: The National Digital Inclusion Summit held May 18-19, 2016 at the Kansas City Public Library in downtown Kansas City, Missouri.
Net Inclusion Summit Purpose:
1. Summit participants discussed current and potential local, state and federal policies crafted to increase digital equity.
2. Summit participants shared broadband adoption best practices and new strategies.
3. NDIA Affiliates revised and affirmed NDIA policy goals.
Effective digital inclusion public policy relies upon strategies being field-tested by the many community-based organizations, libraries and local governments who are working to increase equitable broadband access and use across the U.S. Net Inclusion 2016 was a unique opportunity for practitioners and policymakers to share and document that important work .
An unprecedented variety of public and nonprofit leaders are engaged in efforts to overcome the digital divides that afflict our disadvantaged neighbors and neighborhoods.
NDIA affiliates represent local and regional digital inclusion efforts in 32 states, along with dozens of national officials and groups. At Net Inclusion 2016 we discussed solutions to digital equity that cross silos and cross the country.
May 16-20 was a busy and incredible week in Kansas City. We coordinated Net Inclusion with two other events that week.
The Gigabit City Summit (May16-18) - a three-day learning and networking opportunity exclusively designed for leaders in current and emerging Gigabit Cities.
Digital Inclusion KC (May 20) - a half day convening of civic leaders and digital literacy practitioners committed to ensuring that everyone in the Kansas City community reaps the benefits of digitally-connected life.