Archive for Digital divide — Cleveland

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.

Dems: What about Ohio cities’ broadband gap?

(This post was updated on March 28 to reflect the approval of Substitute House Bill 378 by the Ohio House Finance Committee on March 21.)

A year after CYC and NDIA first documented the extent of AT&T’s digital redlining of Cleveland neighborhoods, big-city Democrats in the Ohio General Assembly are lining up to support a proposed state grant program for community-driven high-speed broadband investments to fill access gaps left by private providers.

But their own cities and neighborhoods need not apply. Read more