Events

Joint Center Moderates FCC Roundtable With HBCU Presidents

Joint Center Director of Technology Policy Dr. Dominique Harrison moderated the FCC’s HBCU Presidents’ Roundtable on “what solutions need to be implemented to ensure students, faculty, staff, and surrounding communities of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) get connected to affordable, reliable broadband during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.” The panelists included Delaware State University President…

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Joint Center Joins Discussion on Internet Access with Congressional Leadership

Joint Center Technology Policy Director Dr. Dominique Harrison joined Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, House Majority Whip James Clyburn, and the Lifeline Coalition for a Congressional briefing on “the problems low-income and marginalized communities face when trying to connect, and the multi-pronged approach Congress should take to address these issues during the pandemic and beyond.”…

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Joint Center Joins Panel on Tech’s Role in Upholding White Supremacy

On January 19, Joint Center Technology Policy Director Dr. Dominique Harrison joined a panel entitled “Do You See It Now? Tech’s Role in Upholding White Supremacy” to “address how tech employees, social justice, organizations, and concerned citizens can influence change.” Other speakers included Brookings Center for Technology Innovation Director Dr. Nicol Turner Lee, Congressional Black…

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Joint Center President Speaks to Harvard Law School Students on Law & Tech

Joint Center President Spencer Overton virtually joined Harvard Law School’s 1L class to discuss how he first became interested in law and technology, digital technologies, Section 230, and more. During the discussion, Spencer explained how digital technologies have massive positive potential including helping small Black businesses connect with customers, and facilitating telehealth and virtual work.…

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Joint Center Meets With FCC Commissioner Starks to Discuss a Plan for Sharing Critical Information on the Emergency Broadband Benefit

On January 8, Joint Center Technology Policy Director Dr. Dominique Harrison participated in a meeting with FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks to discuss a plan for sharing information on the Emergency Broadband Benefit to communities. Congress established the Emergency Broadband Connectivity Fund to create an emergency broadband benefit, a monthly discount on broadband internet access service for low-income people. The Federal Communications Commission will oversee the…

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Joint Center and GW Law Host Debate on Section 230 With Key Experts

The Joint Center partnered with George Washington University School of Law to host a debate entitled Should Congress Amend The Communications Decency Act to Address Discriminatory Ad Targeting by Social Media? Congresswoman Yvette Clarke (D-NY) and Congressman Mike Doyle (D-PA) provided opening remarks. Panelists included Boston University Professor of Law Danielle Keats Citron, Former Wikimedia…

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Joint Center Participates in Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s ‘Policy Meets Practice: Training in Action’ Series

Spencer participated in the first session of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s “Policy Meets Practice: Training in Action” series. The session, entitled Voting Rights and Black America, had panelists discuss “tactics for effective voter mobilization and provide a historical lens of Black voter engagement methods that effectively influenced policy action and representation.” Other panelists included…

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