Digital Equality For All: Navigating Net Neutrality and the Impact on Communities of Color
The Internet is a place where people who do not have a seat at the table can amplify their voices. Net neutrality — the concept of an open Internet where all content is treated equally — is a place where all individuals can engage in public discourse, regardless of the size of their checking account. An open Internet protects opportunities for communities of color. It lets people report on injustice and organize to confront it. An open Internet helps people of color launch businesses online, with lower startup costs than entrepreneurs often face. It lets artists and creators tell their own stories, rather than depending on traditional media to decide which stories are worth telling.
In the wake of the recent FCC rulings on the preservation of Net Neutrality and the Reclassification of the internet as a utility, this 2015 Philly Tech Week WILCO / WURD Panel will explore the complexities of net neutrality, the recently passed FCC legislation, and the impact net neutrality legislation will have on people of color technology innovation, the cultivation of small businesses, and the engagement of community activism.