Report: “Michigan Democrat to Introduce Plan to Create ‘Digital Literacy’ Commission”
From The Hill:
Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-Mich.) is proposing that the government create a new interagency commission to improve digital literacy nationwide.
The Digital Literacy and Equity Commission will be helmed by the secretary of Education, or a delegate from the secretary, and have members from across federal agencies, according to a copy of the legislation shared with The Hill. Lawrence will introduce the bill on Wednesday.
The commission will include members from across the Federal Communications Commission, the Commerce Department, the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau, the Institute of Museums and Library Services, the Health and Human Services Department and the Housing and Urban Development Department.
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More From Rep. Brenda Lawrence:
“As a result of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, we’re investing billions to expand access to broadband. Laying down the fiber is a strong first step to connect Americans around the country, but this effort won’t be as effective if people can’t use the online tools they’ve been given,” said Rep. Lawrence. “I’m proud to introduce new legislation, the Digital Literacy and Equity Commission Act, to increase digital literacy and create a whole-of-government approach to narrow the digital divide. The pandemic showed us how important the internet is to our everyday lives, and my bill will help to bridge the gaps, especially in low-income communities.”
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7 pages; PDF.
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Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.