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Digital Inclusion Research Forum


Hosted by the Federal Reserve Banks of Dallas, Atlanta, Philadelphia and Kansas City

This forum will highlight the latest digital inclusion research, plus emerging methodologies and best practices in the sector.

At the in-person event, you'll join academics, researchers, community development practitioners and policymakers for impactful conversations around digital inclusion research in such areas as:

  • Program evaluation.
  • Outcomes measurement.
  • Socioeconomic benefits of digital inclusion interventions.
  • Historically underserved and unserved communities.


October 12–13, 2023


Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
2200 N. Pearl St.
Dallas, TX 75201


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W Dallas – Victory
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Dallas, Texas 75219
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Thursday, October 12
8:00 a.m. Registration and check-in
8:30 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Welcome and opening remarks
Lorie Logan, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
Alfreda Norman, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
9:20 a.m. Keynote—Setting the Stage: Why Digital Inclusion Research Matters
Nicol Turner Lee, Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings
10:00 a.m. Providing a Research Framework: The Digital Opportunities Compass
Colin Rhinesmith,  Digital Equity Research Center
Pierrette Renée Dagg, Merit Network
10:45 a.m. Session 1A: Frameworks for Effective Digital Equity Efforts for Minority Populations
Diego Deleersnyder, Aspen Institute Latinos & Society Program
Erezi Ogbo, North Carolina Central University
Session 1B: Practical Applications of Research Methodologies
Amy Gonzales, University of California Santa Barbara
Leanne Przybylowski, Temple University
11:45 a.m. Session 2A: Developing and Evaluating Digital Skills Programs
Maria Chaparro, Mamacitas Ciberneticas
Caroline Stratton, Florida State University
Session 2B: Rural Connectivity: What Difference Does It Make?
Heather E. Hudson, Institute of Social and Economic Research,  University of Alaska Anchorage
12:30 p.m. Lunch Session: Marginalized Populations Barriers and Opportunities with ACP
Moderator: Jeremy Hegle, Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City
John B. Horrigan, Benton Institute for Broadband & Society
Kelly Wert, The Pew Charitable Trusts
2:00 p.m. Session 2A: Broadband Access, Speed and Affordability Among Covered Populations
Ambika Nair, Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Belicia Rodriguez, Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Session 2B: Building Black Tech Ecosystems
Fallon Wilson, #BlackTechFutures Research Institute
Isaac McCoy, Stillman College
Jurnell Cockhren, Civic Hacker
Terik Tidwell, Venturewell
Meka Egwuekwe, Code Crew
3:10 p.m. Networking session

Facilitator: Kelty Garbee, Texas Rural Funders
Facilitator: Cindy Fisher, Texas Broadband Development Office 

4:00 p.m. Session 4A: Digital Equity Gaps in Native American Communities
H. Rose Trostle, Center for Indian Country Development, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
Session 4B: The American Prison, a Site of Digital Exclusion
Kurtis Tanaka, Ithaka S+R
Ess Pokornowski,  Ithaka S+R
4:45 p.m. Session 5A: Real-Time Demand for Digital Skills in the Labor Market
Amanda Bergson-Shilcock, National Skills Coalition
Nye Hodge,  Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
Session 5B: Refugee Women’s Technology Ecosystems
Stacey Wedlake, University of Washington
5:30 p.m. Closing remarks
Alvaro Sanchez, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
5:40 p.m. Reception and posterboard session
Friday, October 13
8:00 a.m. Registration and check-in
8:30 a.m. Breakfast
9:00 a.m. Welcome
Ashley Putnam,  Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia
9:10 a.m. Measuring the Impact and Cost-Benefit of Digital Inclusion and Broadband
Roberto Gallardo, Purdue Center for Regional Development
Chris Behr, HDR
10:00 a.m. Session 1A: Advancing Broadband Policy with the Netrics Measurement Platform: An Inclusive Connectivity Approach
Nicole P. Marwell, University of Chicago
Alexis Schrubbe, Internet Equity Initiative, University of Chicago
Session 1B: Advancing Digital Inclusion in Communities
Marycruz De Leon, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
Kassandra Huhn, Federal Reserve bank of Dallas
10:40 a.m. Session 2A: Measuring Digital Skills in the Workforce
Chris McGovern, Connected Nation
David Nunnally, Connected Nation
Session 2B: Bringing Together State and University Resources to Accelerate Broadband Data Collection and Analysis
Jamie Kleinsorge, CARES, University of Missouri Extension
Alan Spell, EXCEED, University of Missouri Extension
Justin Krohn, CARES, University of Missouri Extension
11:35 a.m. Working Lunch: The Future of Digital Inclusion Research
Facilitator: Jane Santa Cruz, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
12:50 p.m. Closing remarks
Kseniya Benderskaya, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
1:00 p.m. Adjourn