PPDD 2019 Conference
Partnership for Progress on the Digital Divide
2019 International Conference
22-24 May 2019
37th and O Streets, N.W.
Washington, District of Columbia USA
Marking the 25th anniversary of the recognition of the digital divide through social scientific research
Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist
Widely known as one of the “Fathers of the Internet,” Vinton G. Cerf co-designed the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet and is Chief Internet Evangelist for Google. He is a former member of the National Science Board and current member of the National Academy of Engineering and Foreign Member of the British Royal Society and Swedish Royal Academy of Engineering, and Fellow of ACM, IEEE, AAAS, and BCS. Cerf received the US Presidential Medal of Freedom, US National Medal of Technology, Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, Prince of Asturias Award, Japan Prize, ACM Turing Award, Legion dHonneur, the Franklin Medal, the Catalunya International Prize and 29 honorary degrees.
President and CEO
Prior to founding the Irving Group in 1999, Irving served for almost seven years as Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information and Administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), where he was a principal advisor to the President, Vice President, and Secretary of Commerce on domestic and international telecommunications and information technology issues. Irving is widely credited with coining the term the “digital divide” and sparking global interest in the issue. In large part due to his work to promote policies and develop programs to ensure access to advanced telecommunications and information technologies, Irving was named one of Newsweek’s 50 most influential people in the “Year of the Internet.”
Geoffrey Starks, Commissioner, United States Federal Communications Commission in conversation with Gigi Sohn, Distinguished Fellow, Georgetown Law Institute for Technology Law & Policy and former Counselor to then-Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission Tom Wheeler
Avi Gillis, Head of Digital Inclusion Policy & Diversity in Tech, DCMS Digital and Tech Policy, Government of the United Kingdom Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS)
Orianne Ledroit, Director, Digital Society Mission, Government of France Ministry for the Economy and the Finances The French Digital Agency
Pierre-Louis Rolle, Deputy Director, Government of France Ministry for the Economy and the Finances The French Digital Agency
Alicia S. Hammond, Gender Specialist (Innovation & Technology), Gender Group, The World Bank
Hopeton S. Dunn, Professor of Communications Policy and Digital Media, University of the West Indies; Director, Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication (CARIMAC), University of the West Indies; Director, Telecommunications Policy and Management Programme, Mona School of Business, University of the West Indies; Chairman, Broadcasting Commission, Jamaica
Laura Breeden, former Program Director for Public Computing and Broadband Adoption, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, United States Department of Commerce
Lee Rainie, Director of Internet and Technology Research, Pew Research Center
Paul T. Jaeger, Professor, Diversity and Inclusion Officer, and Co-Director of the MLIS program and Co-Director, Information Policy & Access Center (iPAC), College of Information Studies, University of Maryland
David Keyes, Digital Equity Program Manager, City of Seattle Information Technology Department
Nicol Turner Lee, Fellow, Center for Technology Innovation, The Brookings Institution
Barry Wellman, Co-Director, NetLab Network; Distinguished Visiting Scholar, Social Media Lab, Ryerson University; Senior Research Fellow, Pew Internet and Society Project; Fellow, Royal Society of Canada
Shelia R. Cotten, Foundation Professor, Department of Media and Information, College of Communication Arts and Sciences, Michigan State University
Please check back for additional Plenaries to be announced soon.
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, policymaker, 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 2019 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.
PPDD 2019 is particularly significant as it marks the 25th anniversary of the recognition of the digital divide through social scientific research. And, within PPDD 2019, we plan to have the largest worldwide gathering of experts on technology, disability, and the digital divide ever.
As a major outcome of PPDD 2019, in addition to the PPDD 2019 Proceedings and E-Book, there will be 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.
The Program page of the PPDD 2019 website contains details about the format of the Conference. On the Hotel and Optional Activities page, you will find full details about the PPDD 2019 Conference hotel, optional activities, and the Washington, DC area as well as helpful information if you are also attending the ICA Annual Conference nearby following PPDD 2019.
If you would like to present and discuss your work during PPDD 2019 and have it included in the online PPDD 2019 Conference Proceedings and/or if you would like to provide a Position Paper for inclusion in the PPDD 2019 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 2019 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 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 International Conferences Leadership Team
Susan B. Kretchmer, Partnership for Progress on the Digital Divide
Tomasz Drabowicz, University of Lodz
Joly MacFie, Internet Society
Massimo Ragnedda, Northumbria University
Grant Blank, Oxford University and Oxford Internet Institute
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
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 Liaison
Angela Siefer, National Digital Inclusion Alliance
Your PPDD 2019 Conference Hosts
Georgetown University Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation
Sonal Shah, Executive Director
Your PPDD 2019 Washington, DC Digital Inclusion Program Hosts
Elizabeth Lindsey, MPA,
Alliance for Affordable Internet / Web Foundation
American Anthropological Association Committee on the Anthropology of Science, Technology, and Computing
American Library Association
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
City of Seattle Information Technology Department
Community Informatics Research Network
Government of France Ministry for the Economy and the Finances The French Digital Agency
Government of the United Kingdom Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport
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
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