PPDD 2019

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PPDD 2019 Conference



Partnership for Progress on the Digital Divide
2019 International Conference

22-24 May 2019
Georgetown University
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





Vinton G. Cerf

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.

Larry Irving

President and CEO
Irving Group

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

Conference Organizer

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

Editorial Organizer

Tomasz Drabowicz, University of Lodz

Partnership Organizers

Rod Carveth, Morgan State University
Joly MacFie, Internet Society
Massimo Ragnedda, Northumbria University

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 Liaison

Angela Siefer, National Digital Inclusion Alliance

Local Arrangements Coordinator

Miya Moriwaki, Georgetown University


Your PPDD 2019 Conference Hosts

Tech Institute
Alexandra Givens, Executive Director

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John W. Mayo, Founder and Executive Director

Sonal Shah, Executive Director


Your PPDD 2019 Washington, DC Digital Inclusion Program Hosts

Byte Back, Inc.

Elizabeth Lindsey, Executive Director

Connect.DC – Digital Inclusion Initiative. Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO), Government of the District of Columbia

Delano Squires, Program Manager



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

Internet Society


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 2019 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

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Silver Sponsor



PPDD 2019 Home Call for Participation Hotel, Venue, and Optional Activities Registration Program Sponsors