On March 29th, local officials and community leaders from across the country joined Next Century Cities’ 2022 Bipartisan Tech conference. Speakers discussed the many ways in which technology enables residents to build community, access local government services, and participate in critically important remote proceedings.
Though connectivity barriers to distance learning and telemedicine were spotlighted during the pandemic, countless services migrated online. Many of those services remain online indefinitely. Presenters throughout the day reiterated the need for support from government at all levels as well as nonprofits and private partners to ensure equitable outcomes for those struggling with connectivity. Collaborative partnerships are necessary to expand broadband access and improve adoption for everyone in the US. Without intervention from those in their communities, residents who have faced long-standing barriers to public services will face new hindrances that leave them cut off from society.
Commissioner Teri Freehling of Berrien County, Michigan, and Grace Simrall, Chief of Civic Innovation and Technology for the City of Louisville, Kentucky, provided the opening and closing keynote remarks.
Mayor Brandon Scott, City of Baltimore, Maryland; Deputy Director, Digital Inclusion & Equity Autumn Evans, City of Detroit, Michigan; and Innovation Fellow Joshua Williams, Office of Mayor Sylvester Turner in Houston, Texas, were featured in video clips.
Learn more about each of the panels here:
- What Broadband Equity Means for Judicial and Civic Participation
- Reaching the People We Serve
- Democracy and Civic Participation
The conference also incorporated breakout sessions for conversation and networking led by the Marconi Society’s president, Samantha Schartman-Cycyk, and Open Technology Institute’s policy analyst, Claire Park.
Special thanks to our conference sponsors – Google, Google Fiber, and the Internet Society’s DC Chapter – for supporting this program.
You can view NCC’s past conferences on Youtube
- 2022 Bipartisan Tech (#NextIsNow)
- Broadband is the Electricity of the 21st Century (#NCCCon21 #BroadbandIsPower)
- 2020 Bipartisan Tech (#BipartisanTech)