PPDD 2017

PPDD 2017 Home Call for Participation Hotel and Optional Activities Registration Program Sponsors


PPDD 2017 Conference


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Partnership for Progress on the Digital Divide
2017 International Conference

24-26 May 2017
Best Western Plus Island Palms Hotel & Marina
San Diego, California USA


In conjunction with the
67th International Communication Association Annual Conference


Partnership for Progress on the Digital Divide (PPDD) is the only academic professional organization in the world focused solely on the digital divide and on connecting research to policymaking and practice to strategize actions and catalyze solutions to this pressing societal concern.  The academic research and practitioner community represented by PPDD stands ready to advance the agenda on broadband and the digital divide, to address the many challenges and opportunities presented by the digital world, and to further evidence-based policymaking and practice so that all citizens can participate fully in the digital, networked age.

The interdisciplinary Partnership for Progress on the Digital Divide 2017 International Conference brings together researchers, policymakers, and practitioners for an extended, in-depth dialogue about key issues that inform information and communication technologies and the digital divide around the world. The Conference works to identify new areas of necessary, productive focus, foster greater understanding, advance research, and enlighten policy and practice going forward. Confirmed speakers include leaders from the U.S. Department of Commerce National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Government of France Ministry for the Economy and Finance French Digital Agency, the American Library Association Office for Information Technology Policy, the Public Library Association, the Association for Library Service to Children, and many more coming soon. As a major outcome of PPDD 2017, we plan to produce an edited volume of the top papers as well as special issues of our Publishing Partners’ journals on specific themes within the digital divide area.

During each of the three days of PPDD 2017, there will be luncheon Plenary/Keynote speeches by prominent research, policy, and practice thought-leaders. The first two days of PPDD 2017 will include 75-minute breakout time periods with multiple simultaneous sessions featuring presentations of research and practitioner and policy work, experiences, ideas, challenges, and opportunities. The PPDD 2017 reception and banquet dinner follows Conference programming on the evening of 24 May.

The third day of PPDD 2017 (26 May) will be devoted to a full-day all-Conference workshop discussing potential models for research agendas on broadband and the digital divide around the world, exploring gaps in understanding of crucial issues, and identifying the most effective ways to fill those gaps. This will be a highly interactive, lively brainstorming and collaborative thinking dialogue among all presenters and other attendees to build partnerships and formulate action plans to advance the digital divide agenda and connect research, policy, and practice globally. All participants in PPDD 2017 will have the opportunity to provide in advance position papers for this workshop day addressing a few noteworthy questions and the discussion of those issues will energize and guide the workshop. Our hope is that at the end of this day there will be firm plans for partnerships and action that will motivate and make significant progress in digital divide research, policy, and practice. The short position papers will be made available prior to the Conference and permanently archived via an e-book on the PPDD website.

In addition, an optional 23 May afternoon 4-Hour Field Trip to your San Diego Digital Inclusion Program Hosts’ sites offers the opportunity to see digital inclusion work in action and learn firsthand about innovative initiatives to bridge the digital divide in San Diego. PPDD 2017 also offers an optional early-bird group dinner following the Field Trip on 23 May, as well as an optional group dinner at a Polynesian restaurant overlooking San Diego Bay on the evening of 25 May.

On the Hotel and Optional Activities page, you will find full details about the PPDD 2017 Conference hotel, optional activities, and the San Diego area as well as helpful information if you are also attending the ICA Annual Conference.

If you would like to present and discuss your work during PPDD 2017 and have it included in the online PPDD 2017 Conference Proceedings and/or if you would like to provide a Position Paper for inclusion in the PPDD 2017 E-Book, please see the Call for Participation for instructions on how to submit your work for consideration.

If you would like to just attend PPDD 2017 to explore the issues and grow your knowledge and network of connections, please know that you are very welcome and valued in the PPDD Conference Community.

Please join PPDD, your San Diego Digital Inclusion Program Hosts, and an unprecedented broad multi-disciplinary coalition of co-sponsoring organizations from academic, policymaking, and practitioner communities to share your insights and expertise. Together, we will enrich the dialogue, connect research, policy and practice, and advance the agenda on the digital divide.

Please contact conference [at] ppdd [dot] org with any questions.


Your PPDD 2017 International Conference Leadership Team

Conference Organizer

Susan B. Kretchmer, Partnership for Progress on the Digital Divide

Editorial Organizer

Tomasz Drabowicz, University of Lodz

Europe Organizer

Grant Blank, Oxford University and Oxford Internet Institute

Africa Organizer

Bill Tucker, University of the Western Cape and Bridging Application and Network Gaps

Asia, the Pacific, and the Middle East Organizer

Ellie Rennie, RMIT University

Canada Organizer

Richard Smith, Simon Fraser University and Centre for Digital Media

United States Organizer

Susan B. Kretchmer, Partnership for Progress on the Digital Divide

Latin America and the Caribbean Organizers

Laura Robinson, Santa Clara University
Hopeton S. Dunn, University of the West Indies, Jamaica and Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication

Policymaker, Practitioner, and Stakeholder Liaisons

Gary Knight, San Diego Futures Foundation
Angela Siefer, National Digital Inclusion Alliance


Your San Diego Digital Inclusion Program Hosts

Able-Disabled Advocacy

Elaine Cooluris, Executive Director

Computers 2 SD Kids

Chéri R. Pierre, Chief Executive Officer

San Diego Futures Foundation

Gary Knight, Executive Director

Local Arrangements Coordinator

Kayra Frank, San Diego Futures Foundation



American Anthropological Association Committee on the Anthropology of Science, Technology, and Computing

American Library Association Office for Information Technology Policy

American Political Science Association Information Technology and Politics Section

American Public Health Association Health Informatics Information Technology Section

American Sociological Association Communication, Information Technologies, and Media Sociology Section

Community Informatics Research Network

Government of France Ministry for the Economy and Finance French Digital Agency

International Association for Media and Communication Research Communication Policy and Technology Section

International Association for Media and Communication Research Digital Divide Working Group

International Association for Media and Communication Research Global Media Policy Working Group

International Communication Association

International Communication Association Communication and Technology Division

International Communication Association Communication Law and Policy Division

International Communication Association Mass Communication Division


National Communication Association

National Digital Inclusion Alliance

NTEN: The Nonprofit Technology Network

Public Library Association

Urban Libraries Council, Edge Initiative


Publishing Partners

Information Technologies and International Development

Journal of Community Informatics

Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society

Journal of Information Policy

Online Journal of Public Health Informatics



The PPDD 2017 International Conference would not be possible without the generosity of our Sponsors whose dedication to enriching the dialogue and connecting research, policy, and practice leads the way in advancing the agenda on the digital divide. Please join us in thanking them.

Gold Sponsor and May 26 Conference Plenary Luncheon Host



Ruby Sponsor



Silver Sponsor



PPDD 2017 Home Call for Participation Hotel and Optional Activities Registration Program Sponsors