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Wednesday, July 14 • 2:45pm - 4:00pm
100% Online: How to close the Internet access gap once and for all

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The COVID-19 pandemic made clear just how important Internet connectivity is for daily life—from jobs to healthcare to education. And while the Internet helped make life during the pandemic more bearable, millions of Americans, and billions of people around the world, didn’t have access and remain offline today. So how do we close this gap once and for all? And what lessons can policymakers learn from different countries’ approaches to bridging the digital divide?

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Moderator
avatar for Jane Coffin

Jane Coffin

Senior Vice President, Internet Growth, Internet Society
Jane Coffin is responsible for the Internet Society’s Internet Growth project teams. The Internet Growth project teams are focused on Community Networks, Internet Exchange Points (IXPs) & interconnection, peering, and community development, and a new critical project on measuring... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Donald R. Cravins, Jr.

Donald R. Cravins, Jr.

Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, National Urban League
Donald “Don” Cravins, Jr. joined the National Urban League in 2021 as EVP and COO. In this capacity, he is responsible for working with President Morial to set and maintain goals, monitor work, and evaluate results to ensure departmental and organizational objectives and operating... Read More →
avatar for Sonia Jorge

Sonia Jorge

Executive Director, Alliance for Affordable Internet
An expert in the confluence of development and communications policy, Sonia has over 25 years of diverse international experience in a career spanning both the private and not-for-profit sectors. As a policy advisor, Sonia has led numerous digital policy and development projects in... Read More →
avatar for Alonso Melendez

Alonso Melendez

Digital Equity and Inclusion Coordinator, Multnomah County Library
Alonso V. Melendez is Mexican-American originally from the Southwest, and has lived in Oregon for over 30 years now. He has worked in Social Services for approximately 10 years, focusing on equity and inclusion, community engagement, and has provided computer workshops since the early... Read More →
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Michelle Connolly

Professor of the Practice, Economics Department, Duke University
Michelle P. Connolly is Professor of the Practice in the Economics Department at Duke University. She was the Economics Director of Duke in New York: Financial Markets and Institutions Program for 2007-2009 and the Director of EcoTeach for several years. She served as one of two Arts... Read More →



Wednesday July 14, 2021 2:45pm - 4:00pm EDT