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+,” [...]
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How Consumers Can Protect Their World Against Fake News

In early December, an incident involving a North Carolina man at a pizza restaurant in Washington, DC, showed a violent and unintended consequence of fake news. Motivated by false news reports circulated on social media, Edgar M. Welch, a 28-year-old Salisbury man, decided to investigate a conspiracy theory involving the Comet Ping Pong pizzeria. On Sunday […]

Ruben Campillo, Jessica Washington, and Margo Scurry, Charlotte NTEN Fellows, September 2016

Two New Fellows Help Charlotte Navigate the Net

A new year for digital inclusion is beginning for a national nonprofit technology leadership organization. Two new fellows—Caché Owens and Margo Scurry--are taking steps towards social justice in Charlotte. The Nonprofit Technology Network pairs up with community-based organizations to find and train leaders in communities that are digitally divided. The fellows that are recruited for [...]

Charlotte Educator: Devices Are Just the First Step in Digital Inclusion

For a technology educator at West Charlotte High School, distributing low-cost personal computers opens countless doors for students -- but devices are just the first step in helping people succeed online. Kevin Poirier, the school’s technology facilitator, discussed education, personal and professional development at the Mega Distribution Day on Oct. 1. Organized by the non-profit [...]
Dr. Brandon Brooks of the Queens Knight School of Communication in discussion at NTIA, Washington, DC, July 2016

Digital Charlotte Joins Community Connectivity Initiative in Washington

Several North Carolina organizations participated in the BroadbandUSA “Community Connectivity Initiative” workshop in Washington, DC, this summer, positioning the state as a leader in broadband initiatives, and Charlotte as a potential pilot city for upcoming projects. Digital Charlotte, the North Carolina State Department of Information Technology, and MCNC – the state’s advanced network infrastructure provider […]

Jill Bjers of Code for Charlotte launches the June 2016 weekend civic hacking event.

Civic Hacking Keeps the Heart of the Community Pounding

The Code for Charlotte organization celebrated the National Day of Civic Hacking with a weekend Hack-a-Thon on June 3-4. Starting with an analog night on Friday, the event had community members kicking it old school – using sticky notes and discussion groups to brainstorm ideas. On Saturday, around the country, numerous Code for America organizations gathered to […]