As the proliferation of new information and communication technologies (ICTs) continues to create challenges for those both with and without access and the means to adopt these advances, trusted research is needed to support practitioners and policymakers working to understand and address the impacts on those most harmed by digital inequalities. A lack of access to data on broadband connectivity and digital inclusion initiatives leaves key stakeholders less able to promote digital equity and social inclusion in local communities as well within broader policy making contexts.

The CI Lab co-designs community information responses, including the development of new sociotechnical systems, with those most impacted by technology and investigates digital inclusion initiatives at the local, national and global levels to help inform the following: community technology contexts and applications; practitioners working closely to support their communities; and policymakers working to promote broadband access, adoption, and use.

Strategy

We dream of a world where all communities are in control of, not controlled by, information and technology.

Toward this dream, the CI Lab engages in digital inclusion research, practice, and policy to promote socially just and equitable communities.

We strive for our work to be asset based, power aware, respect focused, and justice centered.

Guided by these four principles, we focus in the following key areas of research and practice:

Digital Inclusion Initiatives

What are the key characteristics of successful digital equity initiatives that promote racial and social justice?

Community Information Systems

How can researchers and practitioners co-design community information systems with those most impacted by a lack of access to computers and the internet?

Broadband Connectivity Data

How can having access to broadband connectivity data help community-based organizations address their communities’ digital demands?

Grassroots Community Innovations

What are examples of community technology innovations that help to advance human and civil rights, self-determination, sustainable development, and democracy in local and global contexts?

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