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Invitation to Cover / Photo Opportunity
Panel discussions with experts address challenges of digital inclusion

San Francisco Public Library teams up with 20+ organizations to help bridge the digital divide

WHAT: Experts from both the private and public sectors discuss the challenges of digital inclusion and their efforts in addressing them. Facilitated by Community Technology Network. This panel event kicks off Digital Inclusion Week (May 8-13).

WHEN: Monday, May 8, 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

WHERE: Main Library, Koret Auditorium

WHO:

  • Supervisor Mark Farrell
  • Mariko Davidson from Microsoft
  • Former Supervisor Eric Mar
  • Internet service providers panel with Comcast, AT&T, Webpass, and Monkeybrains
  • Nonprofit organizations BAVC, Self Help for the Elderly, Women’s Building and The Arc
  • Kami Griffiths Executive Director of Community Technology Network

WHAT: Learn about the importance of making universal broadband access and digital literacy a reality in San Francisco.  With more than 150,000 people in San Francisco still lacking high speed internet at home and more than twice that number who aren’t proficient at using their digital devices, there is still work to be done. Connectivity is a basic necessity and without it many people cannot access public services, communicate with their friends and family, conduct business or complete homework assignments. Those of us who have access and skills can take this access for granted. More information and a full list of Digital Inclusion Week programs at sfpl.org/digitalinclusionweek. Evenbrite registration here.

About Digital Inclusion Week
Free technology skill-building classes, a Tech Expo for resources and services, films that provoke thought and discussion, and a host of innovative keynote speakers are all part of Digital Inclusion Week, a citywide initiative to reduce digital disparity and enhance the lives of San Francisco Bay Area residents, including seniors, people with disabilities, youth, and those seeking to expand their tech skills.

Digital Inclusion Week, May 8-13, is organized by the San Francisco Public Library and more than 20 partner organizations. Patrons can attend a tech expo to learn about technology programs, training resources, new services, and the latest products; participate in panel discussions with San Francisco Supervisor Mark Farrell and other policy makers, non-profits, and Internet Service Providers to discuss Internet accessibility and digital equity; view Lo and Behold, Werner Herzog’s film chronicling the virtual world; and be inspired by provocative tech creators and investors including Tim Chang (a Forbes Top Tech Investor), Jeff Kirschner (TED resident and a founder of Litterai), and Joshwa Browder (creator of DoNotPay) as they explore the rise of artificial intelligence, using technology for social change, and other topics. The SFPL TechMobile will be hosting 3D printing demonstrations.

Tech training programs are offered all week throughout the Library system and partner locations. Programs range from basic computer skills to advanced coding classes and are taught by library staff, tech workers, and industry professionals. Patrons are invited to participate in the Main Library’s Learning for Action game to build knowledge of technology resources while earning raffle tickets to increase the chances of winning the coveted finale prize, a Chromebook. Other Digital Inclusion Week prizes include laptops, a Roku Streaming Stick, USB Flash Drives, T-shirts, and more.

Related Programs

Panel Discussions –May 8, 10:30 a.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium
Tech Expo – May 9, 10:30 a.m., Main Library, Latino Hispanic Room
Speaker Series: Technology & Social Change – May 9, 5:30 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium

Visit sfpl.org/digitalinclusionweek for more information, including the calendar of all classes and events.

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Digital Inclusion Week Radio PSA
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Got Tech? Take the next step! Visit the San Francisco Public Library and more than 20 partnering organizations for a week full of free events that promote online access and technology skill building. Digital Inclusion Week is May 8 – 13 and includes panel discussions, film screenings, hands-on trainings, a tech expo and digital device give-aways. Visit sfpl.org/DigitalInclusionWeek for more information and to view the complete schedule.

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