For decades, the digital divide has excluded thousands from accessing critical tools and resources essential to their livelihoods, disproportionately affecting low-income communities, communities of color, and seniors. Advancing sustainable digital equity also means tackling some of the injustices that perpetuate digital exclusion, including systemic racism and economic inequality, as well as educational and health disparities. In the long term, achieving digital equity will lead to greater racial and economic justice.
Addressing the root cause of the digital divide will require intentional investment and systemic policy changes. Directing more funds and resources to expand effective, community-centered digital equity efforts will be a good start. That’s why TGH advocates with local, state, and federal agencies and elected leaders for transformational, people-centered solutions that will help increase resources and ensure equitable access to digital tools and opportunities.
Below, you can find more information about our latest advocacy work:
Tech Goes Home asked all of Boston's 2021 mayoral candidates about their plans for advancing digital equity in the City. Explore their visions for the future of Boston below.
Roadmaps to Digital Equity in Boston
Mayoral Conversation on Systemic Racism
At the recent Conversation on Systemic Racism with Boston’s Mayoral Candidates, Tech Goes Home's Director of Advocacy, Marvin L. Venay, posed a question about narrowing the digital divide.
May 3, 2022:
June 3, 2021: PEG Access Fund, Boston City Council
March 31, 2021: Small Cell Committee, City of Medford
July 27, 2021:
May 26, 2022:
Committee on Ways & Means Department of Innovation & Technology
June 3, 2022:
Committee on Boston's COVID-19 Recovery: ARPA Funding
News and Periodicals
With Senator Ed Markey
With City Councilors Julia Mejia & Ed Flynn
Marvin on Java with Jimmy
Tech Goes Home's Chief Advocacy Officer, Marvin L. Venay, was invited to have a conversation on digital equity in Boston, the challenges it created for many families during COVID-19, and how to advance effective solutions.
Tech Goes Home's work with our partner MACIR was featured on WCVB. Check out the segment here.
Alongside the Essex County Community Foundation (ECCF) and The Philanthropic Initiative (TPI), Marvin spoke at the 2022 Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO) National Conference about regional efforts to close the digital divide.
Read more here.