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Aspen Forum: Digital Inclusion and the Smart City Concurrent Breakout Session

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2018 Aspen Forum August 19 – 21

The digitally-enabled “smart city” holds the promise of improving the delivery of government services, reducing the cost of providing services, and increasing people’s confidence in government. Yet the path from a smart city to a digitally inclusive one is not inevitable. For example, to the extent that wealthier people are more connected and more digitally literate, does moving to online services generate inequality in access to those services?

This concurrent working group examined the smart city with a particular focus on how it may impact digital inclusion – and specific ways in which smart city investments can improve equity.

Participants included:

  • Mignon Clyburn, Former Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission
  • Amy Glasmeier, Professor of Economic Geography and Regional Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Alfred Ho, Professor of Public Administration, University of Kansas School of Public Affairs & Administration
  • Cate Johnson, Professional Staff Member, Subcommittee on Research & Technology, Committee on Science, Space, & Technology
  • Blair Levin, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institution
  • Lauren McCarty, Counsel, Communications and Technology Subcommittees, House Energy & Commerce Committee
  • Wallis Romzek, Research Associate, Technology Policy Institute
  • Anne Schwieger, Broadband and Digital Equity Advocate for the City of Boston
  • John Horrigan (moderator), Senior Fellow, Technology Policy Institute

The debate starts at #TPIAspen18. Be part of it.

For Additional Information:
Jane Creel, 202-828-4405, jcreel@techpolicyinstitute.org

Press Contact for Complimentary Registration:
Chris McGurn, 202-828-4405, cmcgurn@techpolicyinstitute.org

The Technology Policy Institute

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