Digital Divide, Equity
October 6, 2020
November 2, 2020
October 6, 2020 - October 20, 2020
The City of San Leandro has invested significant resources in recent years in Public Wi-Fi and broadband infrastructure. During the same period, through partnerships with local nonprofits and the launch of a hotspot lending program at its Main Library, the City has also sought to address issues of digital inclusion, which includes access to broadband, hardware, and training for digital literacy skills. The impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have exacerbated the digital need with the shift to distance learning for students, teleworking, and many events and services being delivered online.
In the 16 week window of the STIR Labs program, the City would like to:
Driving this research project would be the following questions:
Academic research teams will have access to:
In addition to the above, academic teams can leverage the City of San Leandro's Fiber Optic Master Plan & Smart City Strategy report which was published in 2018 detailed the gaps in access to broadband and computers in homes. The report highlighted the digital divide across income levels.
The IT department seeks a research team collaboration with the following outcomes: