CYC will screen “Dividing Lines”, new film on digital exclusion

CYC and Ashbury Senior Computer Community Center are observing Digital Inclusion Week 2018 with one of the first community showings of “Dividing Lines”, a new short film about digital exclusion in three communities: San Francisco, Lagrande in rural Oregon, and Cleveland.

“Dividing Lines” will be shown and discussed this Friday, May 11 from 10:30 to 11:30 am.  The event will take place on line via Zoom web conference, with in-person participation by students and staff at ASC3. (Advance registration is required… see below.)

In its sections about Cleveland, “Dividing Lines” zeroes in on the impact of AT&T’s digital redlining of lower-income neighborhoods, featuring interviews with CYC director Bill Callahan and Hough resident Joanne Elkins.

Produced by Maria Smith of Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society and Karen Herera of New Media Advocacy Project, “Dividing Lines” premiered in Cleveland three weeks ago at Net Inclusion 2018.  The film is not yet in public release or on line — so this Friday’s showing is a unique opportunity for Clevelanders to get a first look.

Viewers can register for the “Dividing Lines” Zoom session in advance here. (No charge, no software download required.) Registrants will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the video showing and discussion. The event can be seen and heard using any Internet computer or smart device; those wishing to join the discussion will also need a webcam and microphone.

300 from across U.S. turn out for Net Inclusion 2018

Professor Susan Crawford addresses Net Inclusion 2018. (NDIA photo by Valda Lewis Photography)

The National Digital Inclusion Alliance’s annual conference, Net Inclusion 2018, wrapped up Thursday after three days of workshops, tours and networking that drew three hundred participants to Cleveland from twenty-seven states, DC and Canada.

The keynote speaker was Harvard Law Professor Susan Crawford, former Special Assistant to President Obama for Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy, and a frequently published writer on issues of technology policy and fairness. Professor Crawford spoke following the first showing of a new video, “Dividing Lines”, highlighting the impact of Internet access disparities in American communities; the video features CYC director Bill Callahan describing AT&T’s digital redlining of Cleveland.

The entire Net Inclusion 2018 keynote session, including “Dividing Lines” and Professor Crawford’s address, can be seen here. “Dividing Lines” runs from 15:00 to 30:25. Professor Crawford’s address starts at 30.54. Read more