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2018 Digital Inclusion Summit

The Digital Inclusion Network's

2018 DIGITAL INCLUSION SUMMIT: ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY Building a digitally connected, prosperous community


Thursday, May 10, Pacific Northwest College of Art


The 2018 Summit proved to be a great day of shared insights, identifying knowledge gaps and continuing our collaborative work to achieve digital equity. Participants took advantage of inspirational keynotes, panel discussions, and networking breaks to help advance our collective efforts to build a digitally connected, prosperous community.


Missed the Summit? Watch the live-stream video produced by Open Signal here. - OR - Check out this summary video produced by MetroEast Community Media:


Thanks to MetroEast Community Media, we captured some great #digitalequityis stories. Check them out here:


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WHO attended: Policy-makers, community leaders, decision-makers, and digital inclusion program implementers in education, technology businesses, nonprofits, philanthropy, healthcare, broadband companies, and public agencies. For a complete list of attendees click here.



8:30AM Sign-in and Breakfast

9:00AM Morning Kickoff and Welcome Remarks: Mayor Ted Wheeler

9:30AM Panel #1

10:45AM Break

11:00AM Panel #2

12:00PM Lunch and Action/Table Discussion

1:20PM Featured Speaker: Vailey Oehlke, Director, Multnomah County Library

1:45PM Panel #3

3:00PM Featured Speaker: Deborah Kafoury, Chair, Multnomah County Board of County Commissioners

3:15 PM Networking & Resource Fair

4:00PM End


Panel Descriptions:

Panel 1: Building a Diverse, Local Workforce Pipeline We know education innovations are needed to prepare our youth for success in the new STEM Economy. Yet we are learning that delivering quality education that supports the next generation workforce is a team effort, which requires full participation of diverse sectors. This panel discussion will explore:

Educational institutions’ (particularly k-12) evolution, albeit slowly, from transmitters of content to builders of ‘creative confidence’; and,

Tech businesses’ internal culture shift to create an inclusive workplace and strategies to ‘lean in’ with educators to inspire and prepare students for tech careers.

Moderator: Thompson Morrison, Innovate Oregon

Speakers: John Furukawa, Uncorked Studios; Emily Barrett, AWS Elemental; Phong Ho, Instrument


Panel 2: The Power of Digital Inclusion to Decrease Health Disparities The past decade has seen a growing recognition of the importance of the social determinants of health and their influence on current inequities. As defined by the World Health Organization, social determinants of health are the conditions in which people are born, grow, work, live, and age, and the wider set of forces and systems shaping the conditions of daily life. This broader definition of the factors influencing health challenges us to expand our focus beyond individual behavior change as a means to improve health. It also requires us to examine the channels through which program services are delivered. Literacy, numeracy, and more recently health literacy and digital health literacy have been identified as important factors in health outcomes. The most recent International Survey of Adult Skills noted that digital literacy skills are linked not only to employment outcomes, but also to personal and social well-being. In the United States the odds of being in poor health are four times greater for low-skilled adults than those with the highest proficiency. This panel will explore the impacts of digital inequities on health outcomes as well as ways to increase digital literacy and access to technology in populations most likely to be digitally excluded.

Moderator: Julie Reeder, Oregon WIC

Speakers: Vasheeta James, Multnomah County Healthy Birth Initiative; Daesha Ramachandran, Health Share; Kathy Harris, Portland State University


Panel 3: When (Policy) Worlds Collide: The Intersectionality of Federal, State, and Local Policies as they relate to Digital Equity and Inclusion Congress and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) have made and continue to make Internet-related policy decisions impacting everyday Oregonians, resulting in disproportionate barriers and inequities for historically underserved and low-income communities, especially those of color. These decisions -- which include but are not limited to the repeal of Open Internet a.k.a "net neutrality" and Internet consumer privacy rules, as well as the more recent proposed dismantling of the Lifeline program -- have already caused and will continue to cause a policy backlash, resulting in swift action at the state and more local-jurisdictional level. What exactly is going on federally? How has Oregon responded? What about smaller public bodies (cities, counties, and the like)? Do these policy responses, proposed or enacted, adequately address concern(s)? What should we expect going forward -- federally and across Oregon?

Moderator: Mary Beth Henry, Digital Equity/Broadband Advocate

Speakers: Representative Pam Marsh, District 5 (Ashland) - Oregon House; Ricardo (Rico) Lujan
Valerio, Director, Oregon Student Association;
Kimberly McCullough, Policy Director - ACLU Oregon; Jonathan Bartholomew, Director of Government Relations - AARP Oregon; and Grace Stratton, Advisor to Senator Ron Wyden.


Special Thanks to our Platinum Sponsor:

 Mozilla logo

Mozilla is the not-for-profit best known for making the Firefox web browser. Our mission is to ensure the Internet is a global public resource, open and accessible to all. An Internet that truly puts people first, where individuals can shape their own experience and are empowered, safe and independent. 

Gold Sponsor:

PNCA logo  MTC logo   MHCRC logo

Silver Sponsors:

Franz logo     Open Signal logo    MetroEast logo



Event Organizers:

    NTEN  PNCA   Oregon WIC    Open Signal     CUB


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