Maggie Cabrey | December 14, 2016
(Techwire) -- As technology becomes more integrated in our everyday lives, it seems the line separating those who have Internet access and the individuals who don’t is becoming more apparent. Looking to help close this digital divide, the University of California-Riverside (UCR) plans to open a new Center for Broadband Policy and Digital Literacy.
The university is the only UC in inland Southern California, a rural-next-to-urban region where the the divide is especially evident. Part of UCR’s School of Public Policy, the Center for Broadband Policy and Digital Literacy will tackle digital inclusion issues occurring in the inland area and assist the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF) by expanding broadband policy research in the state.
In development since early 2015, the center was co-founded by Lloyd Levine, president of Sacramento-based consulting firm Filament Strategies, and university Dean Anil Deolalikar. Levine is a former state Assemblymember.
In an interview with TechWire, Levine spoke on the project’s progress, future steps and the purpose behind building a Center for Broadband Policy and Digital Literacy.
“I see us providing great benefit to policymakers by providing real-world scientific research on exactly what the digital divide is and what it means to be on the wrong side of the digital divide,” Levine said.