[september 2nd] cities for equitable data
Join our team for the final event of our [digital divide] series on September 2nd, to talk about the growing topic of equitable datasets and how cities can gain equitable data and use this process to foster empowerment, engage their constituents, and reduce #thecivicgap.
Our live conversation will be with Joshua Edmonds, the Director of Digital Inclusion for the City of Detroit. We call on civic and community-driven folks to join us for this event where we have two field experts guiding a conversation on how they work with and for cities to make sure that data is not only equitable but transformational for communities.
Joshua Edmonds is the City of Detroit’s inaugural Director of Digital Inclusion. Joshua is responsible for developing a sustainable digital inclusion strategy to bridge Detroit’s digital divide. Joshua’s work intersects with public policy, telecommunications and public-private partnership building. While at the City, Joshua has testified in front of Congress on the matter of digital equity, hosted Detroit’s first Digital Inclusion Summit, and most recently, helped raise $23 million to connect every public school student with broadband and devices. Prior to his current role, Joshua served as a Digital Innovation Fellow at The Cleveland Foundation where he leveraged philanthropic and corporate funding to help address Cleveland, Ohio’s digital divide. Joshua also worked on President Obama’s ConnectHome initiative where his “Housing Hackathon” received national recognition from HUD. Joshua earned a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Howard University and is a current Digital Inclusion Policy Fellow within the Poverty Solutions Initiative at the University of Michigan’s Ford School of Public Policy.
[Digital Divide] Content Series
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