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Ward 14 challenger Santana gives mixed responses to Digital Justice questions

The Digital Justice Campaign has received a mixed response to its four questions from a second candidate for Cleveland’s Ward 14 Council seat — challenger Jasmin Santana.

Santana is running against incumbent Brian Cummins, one of two current Council Members who have endorsed all four Digital Justice proposals. Read more

Mayoral candidate Zack Reed supports city wifi expansion, tech center funding; Jackson still silent

The Cleveland Digital Justice Campaign received a response yesterday to our four questions from City Councilman Zack Reed, running for Mayor against incumbent Frank Jackson.

We still have received no response from Mayor Jackson.

Reed doesn’t fully commit to any of the four Digital Justice proposals, but he expresses general agreement with three of them:

  • City support for Neighborhood Technology Centers — but with no specific monetary commitment pending review of the entire 2018 budget.
  • Expansion of the City’s free public wifi network. Reed writes: “…as Mayor of Cleveland I will support the expansion of the city’s free public wifi.” He does not use the word “citywide”.
  • A Cabinet-level position to lead City efforts on digital literacy and access. Reed writes: “I find this to be not only important but necessary. Again, we must be mindful of budgetary constraints as we seek to remedy a myriad of problems facing the city. Having said that, I can assure you that we will take ALL appropriate measures to ensure that digital literacy and universal access are made a priorities in my administration.”

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Cleveland election 2017: What should we ask the candidates?

2017 is a City election year. Mayor Jackson is the front runner in his bid for an unprecedented fourth term, but he has a lot of opponents, including some relatively strong ones. Most City Council Members also have one or more opponents. The primary will take place September 12, and the general election on November 7.

This election is a unique opportunity to get the digital exclusion of tens of thousands of Cleveland citizens recognized as a priority target for City action. The campaign is an opportunity to turn affordable broadband access and funding for community technology into questions that the candidates must answer. The answers they give can shape the possibilities for City action and leadership on digital inclusion in 2018 and beyond. Read more