• Mon. Dec 11th, 2023

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I Wish I Was A Technology Digital

Bridging the digital divide in education, finance and health care

More than a third of the world’s population does not have internet access, excluding close to 3 billion people from today’s increasingly digital global economy. Join Washington Post Live for a series of conversations about bridging the digital divide in education, finance and health care. The guests will include Kristina Ishmael, deputy director of the Office of Ed Tech, Tommaso Mancini-Griffoli, an IMF division chief focused on monetary and capital markets, Gina Lucarelli, a team leader at the UNDP’s Accelerator Labs Network, David Goode-Cross, psychologist, group practice owner and advocate for culturally responsible psychotherapy, and Neal Sikka, chief of the innovative practice and telemedicine section at GW Medical Faculty Associates.

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“We know that about 50 million households qualify for free and reduced price for that stipend that they are providing through the [affordable connectivity program], but only 17 million households have signed up for it. So there’s still that massive gap.” – Kristina Ishmael (Video: Washington Post Live)

“We work very closely with NTIA, the national telecommunications and information agency out of the department of commerce. They’re the ones that received the $65 billion dollars from the bipartisan infrastructure law that was signed by President Biden in November of 2021. $65 billion dollars, sounds massive, but we know it’s not enough.” – Kristina Ishmael (Video: Washington Post Live)

“The current data shows according to LearnPlatform, show 1,400 ed tech tools on average for a school district. 1,400, many of them do the same thing… It requires us to really look at terms of service when we are going to procure the actual technology itself, and making sure we’re not giving away too much personal identifiable information.” – Kristina Ishmael (Video: Washington Post Live)

“A lot of the problems with the digital divide comes down to capacity. Sufficient capacity to leverage technology, to regulate technology and to create an environment where the private sector is incentivized to provide solutions.” – Tommaso Mancini-Griffoli (Video: Washington Post Live)

“The mistake you can make is thinking that the 1s and 0s of computers are going to lift us all out of poverty, empower women and get us on a more sustainable path. Obviously that’s not the case so what we try and do is really learn from communities themselves… People closest to the problem are closest to the solution.” – Gina Lucarelli (Video: Washington Post Live)

“The new trend, the new possibility let’s say, is to pledge data instead of collateral. And the data might show that you run a small business. It may be very, very small, but at least it shows that you have a constant inflow of revenue… On the other hand, you reveal a lot about yourself, and so there’s the tradeoff between efficiency and fairness.“– Tommaso Mancini-Griffoli (Video: Washington Post Live)

“Innovation is going to naturally always run ahead of regulation and the legal frameworks that we have… I think the trick is having this sort of interactive relationship between where we see innovation and data and tech going, and how we choose to regulate that.” – Gina Lucarelli (Video: Washington Post Live)

“I was reluctantly dragged into using telehealth, and it has been a boon for my practice and for our patients certainly. If you don’t have to worry about transportation, or if you can on your lunch break just go see a therapist in your car, it’s a lot easier.” – David Goode-Cross (Video: Washington Post Live)

“We’ve given patients more convenient access points to engage with the healthcare system… Seeing and being connected to healthcare system I think over time actually reduces cost, improves care, helps you better manage your health.” – Neal Sikka (Video: Washington Post Live)

Deputy Director, Office of Ed Tech, Department of Education

Division Chief, Monetary & Capital Markets Department, International Monetary Fund

Team Leader, Accelerator Labs Network, United Nations Development Program

Psychologist, Group Practice Owner & Advocate for Culturally Responsible Psychotherapy

Chief, Innovative Practice & Telemedicine Section, GW Medical Faculty Associates

The following content is produced and paid for by a Washington Post Live event sponsor. The Washington Post newsroom is not involved in the production of this content.

(Video: Washington Post Live)

Policy, collaboration, and the Digital Divide

In a segment presented by Verizon, award-winning journalist Jeanne Meserve talks to Kathy Grillo, Verizon’s Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Government Affairs, about the role the private industry and public policy can play in addressing the digital divide. Over the course of this discussion, Kathy will highlight the work Verizon is doing to expand into more rural areas, ensure more people have access to digital technologies, whilst examining the role public policy can play in generating better outcomes for consumers now and in the future.

Senior Vice President, Public Policy & Government Affairs, Verizon


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