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.

Many Clevelanders were speakers at Net Inclusion. Workshop presenters included CYC director Bill Callahan and board members Samantha Schartman, Amy Sheon, Adam Perzynski and Shaletha Mitchell; Wanda Davis of ASC3; Jackie Chisholm, Creola Rice and Mark Batson of CEOGC; the Cleveland Foundation’s Leon Wilson; Digital C’s Ben Kohn; Melanie Hogan of LEAP; Rebecca Ranallo of the Cuyahoga County Public Library; Juleian Curtis of CMHA; Erika Anthony of Cleveland Neighborhood Progress; Justin Bibb of Hack Cleveland; and RET3’s Ken Kovatch.  Dorothy Baunach of Digital C and Seth Pinckney of Hack Cleveland made “lightning round” presentations. Cleveland Public Library’ CEO Felton Thomas opened the conference’s keynote plenary, and Mayor Frank Jackson welcomed everyone at the opening breakfast.

Here’s the entire Net Inclusion 2018 schedule with session descriptions, often accompanied by downloadable copies of presentations and/or public notes from participants.