Charlotte’s Broadband Deserts Reflect a Familiar Pattern

If you live or work in Charlotte, there's a distinct possibility your broadband access is less than satisfactory. But you have options. A familiar wedge-and-crescent pattern of economic inequality also applies to broadband internet connections, slowing down access to development and educational opportunities in wide swaths of the city. Data from the Federal Communications Commission [...]

Queens Students Work with Google Fiber to Empower a Community

Students from Queens’ James L. Knight School of Communication are collaborating for the first time with Google Fiber on a service initiative designed to strengthen digital inclusion in Charlotte. Called the Community Leaders Program, it marks the first time the company has integrated the national initiative with a university course. Twenty-five students are serving as digital […]

How Does Digital Inclusion Affect Economic Mobility?

Three Charlotte experts discussed the relationship between digital inclusion and economic mobility in an online community forum March 15 at the James L. Knight School of Communication, Queens University of Charlotte. Charlotte city councilman James Mitchell (far right); Kevin Dick, economic development director for the City of Charlotte (second from left); and Patrick Graham, president […]

Andrew Au of the Knight School of Communication at Queens, preparing for an online broadcast, Charlotte, NC, March 2017

In Charlotte, Does a Smartphone Help Get You a Job?

Three Charlotte experts will discuss the relationship between digital inclusion and economic mobility in an online community forum at noon Wed., March 15. The program is hosted by the James L. Knight School of Communication at Queens University of Charlotte. Participants can join the online discussion at Facebook.com/DigitalCharlotte. Charlotte city councilman James Mitchell; Kevin Dick, […]

A Journal about Digital Inclusion, Designed for Readability

Digital Charlotte is one of several digital inclusion initiatives in the Queens Knight School of Communication. Another is the Journal of Digital and Media Literacy, an academic peer review journal. Dr. Alexis Carreiro, an assistant professor at Queens University of Charlotte in the Knight School, edits the journal. It publishes scholarship and articles that focus on [...]

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Digital Inclusion Steering Team hosts a set of Community Forums in March.

Through the month of March, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Digital Inclusion Steering Team will host a community forum of leaders and organizations to examine new ways to incorporate digital equity into existing programs of Community Building and Social Change and Striving for Digital Equity in Affordable Housing. The community forums are free and open to the public. […]

Digital Charlotte Meetup 11 January 2017 - How to Change the Future with One Device

Four Big Lessons from the Front Lines of the Digital Divide

Highlights of a Jan. 11, 2017 Digital Charlotte meeting at Johnson C. Smith University, focused on how North Carolina organizations are addressing the digital divide. Moderated by Andrew Au, director of community projects for the James L. Knight School of Communication at Queens University of Charlotte, the panel participants were James Walker, chief executive officer [...]

Join a Feb. 22 Community Forum on “The Role of Digital Equity for Workforce Development and Economic Mobility”

In 2014, a study by researchers at Harvard University and UC Berkeley ranked the Charlotte area 50th out of 50 cities for economic mobility. Workforce development is a key tool that can help lift Charlotte resident into creating upward mobility. In late February, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Digital Inclusion Steering Team will host a community forum to [...]
Students in the Knight School of Communication at Queens are developing a mobile toolkit for seniors.

Community Forum: Crossing the Digital Divide at 55+

When it comes to taking advantage of the internet, national data shows that senior citizens are no slackers. In late January, a Charlotte community forum is bringing together leaders and organizations to examine new ways to strengthen digital literacy in an already flourishing demographic group. The community forum, titled “Crossing the Digital Divide at 55+,” [...]