3rd Annual Digital Access Day
November 12 – 13, 2020 | Virtual Event
Day 1 – November 12, 2020
|1:15pm – 2:30pm||Connectivity in Canada
Over the past months, it has become clear that the Internet is not a luxury, it is a lifeline. Hundreds of thousands of people in Canada have been asked to isolate themselves and work and study from home. However, in many communities this is simply not possible due to having limited or no access to the Internet.
Indigenous communities and the North have been particularly hit hard by a lack of reliable Internet connectivity.
Complementary connectivity models, where local people are in the driver’s seat, can bring affordable, sustainable, and future-proof Internet access to all people in Canada.
|2:30pm – 3:30pm||Digital Access: A solution to advancing diversity & inclusion
The discussion will focus on how inclusive innovation can be used to address social challenges and spur economic growth. Addressing the theme of “digital access”, this panel will highlight works on advancing diversity and inclusion for under-represented groups in the realms of entrepreneurship, employment, and education via digital platforms. Panel members address research about the experience of women, immigrants, racialized people, Indigenous peoples, and other under-represented group with examples of several diversity initiatives. Digital divide has been an outstanding issue for under-represented groups who are often having lower socioeconomic status (SES). Aiming to close the gap of social segregation, the government has been providing financial and social supports for advancing entrepreneurship, employment and educational opportunities. Currently, the COVID-19 pandemic is having a differentially negative impact on the under-represented groups. However, there is also the voice advocating for using digital technology to better support the underrepresented groups and improve diversity for the development of an innovative economy. Panel presentations address the potential use of digital technology to substantially increase the access for the underrepresented groups to employment opportunities, entrepreneurship training, and educational opportunities to children. The panelist will introduce several initiatives that Diversity Institute participate in, including WEHK, ALiGN, and Study Buddy projects that the Diversity Institute, to discuss how digital access could offer a solution to advance diversity and inclusion in Canada.
Day 2 – November 13, 2020