National Press Club

NPC Newsmakers plan event exploring how to respond to Second Digital Divide, May 6

April 29, 2014 | By Patti Giglio | patti@psgcom.net

The National Press Club Newsmakers Committee is preparing a panel discussion on the growing percentage of Americans with advanced online access who have insufficient levels of digital skills.

The Newsmakers press conference is planned for Tuesday, May 6 at 10 a.m. in the NPC's Zenger Room. Like all NPC Newsmaker events, it is open to credentialed media and Press Club members, free of charge and no advance registration is required.

Research findings show that the digital divide is expanding, affecting far more than the disconnected. For example, a growing percentage of Americans with advanced online access have insufficient levels of digital skills. Panelists plan to detail effective tactics to sustain and improve technology training and Internet accessibility in libraries, and future directions for public access to information.

Scheduled panelists include Clarence Anthony, executive director of the National League of Cities; John B. Horrigan, author of “The Essentials of Connectivity” report; Richard Reyes-Gavilan, executive director of the District of Columbia Public Library; and Barbara Stripling, president of the American Library Association.