Dr. Carol O'Donnell Serves as External Expert on Newly Released Broadband Commission Report

September 30, 2020

In today’s increasingly digital world, 3.6 billion people still have no access to the Internet. Those without access are typically the most vulnerable: minorities, people with disabilities, indigenous and marginalized groups, as well as women, children and youth from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds or living in areas affected by conflict and violence. Lack of Internet access reduces paths to a world of information available online, and limits the potential to learn and grow, all of which contribute to the digital divide. Director of the SSEC, Dr. Carol O'Donnell, served as an External Expert on a newly released report from the UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development Working Group on School Connectivity. The report, "The Digital Transformation of Education: Connecting Schools, Empowering Learners" was released September 2020. The purpose of the report is to better understand the school connectivity landscape and requirements, evaluate the benefits of different technologies for different environments, analyze business and financial models, and identify suitable pedagogical content needed for digital environments to ensure inclusive learning.

To read the report, go to: https://www.broadbandcommission.org/Documents/working-groups....