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Grand Challenges: Digital Equity Mapping Research and Training Program

Grant Type: Individual Project Grant
Topics: Social Justice, Ethical, Fair, and Trustworthy Technology
College Represented: ARCH

Grand Challenges Grants Program


COVID-19 has exposed the true depth of the digital divide: the gap between people who have access to broadband internet, computers, and digital skills, and those who do not. In some urban communities, digital divides tend to reinforce social and economic disparity and exacerbate existing inequalities, including access to employment and health care. We will develop a digital equity research and training program—in priority neighborhoods in Prince George’s County, Maryland—to educate, empower, and benefit community members in describing and prescribing local solutions. In collaboration with community leaders, we will co-develop and deploy a longitudinal broadband access survey, create an evolving digital access map to surface digital inequalities, and disseminate advocacy information and resources to inform future targeted investments in local neighborhoods.

PI: Tara Burke (ARCH),
Faculty Specialist, Research/Practice

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