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What Lawyers Should Know about Digital Accessibility, the ADA, and More

What Lawyers Should Know about Digital Accessibility, the ADA, and More

An Overview for Legal Teams on ADA, Section 508 Issues Affecting Websites and Other Digital Assets Business owners, legal teams, web and communications teams, and developers are experiencing a wave of legal actions and civil rights complaints. These actions—and the resulting court decisions—are stretching society’s understanding of what constitutes online discrimination and how the ADA and related laws apply to…

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Fostering a Smart City Society of Smart People

Fostering a Smart City Society of Smart People

Former Mayor Megan Barry in the spring of 2016 convened a working group to outline and coordinate Nashville’s efforts to better integrate technology with the city’s infrastructure as well as other parts of government and public life. The group’s work led to the delivery to Mayor David Briley in late April of a final community report called “Connected Nashville: A…

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The Smart City As An Inclusive City: Seven Steps To Tackling Digital Exclusion

The Smart City As An Inclusive City: Seven Steps To Tackling Digital Exclusion

Although the quantity of people using technology in their everyday lives is constantly rising, a relatively high percentage of the world’s population remains digitally disengaged or even technologically illiterate. In the European Union alone, nearly a third of people don’t use the internet on a daily basis; only half of all Europeans aged 16 – 74 use social networks or…

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Provo Kicks off Digital Inclusion Week with a YouTube Lesson for Seniors | Deseret News

Provo Kicks off Digital Inclusion Week with a YouTube Lesson for Seniors | Deseret News

PROVO — This city’s new mayor has had a lot of firsts in the past few months. For example, on Tuesday she shot her first group selfie, snapping a shot at the Provo Recreation Center during a kickoff lunch in support of national Digital Inclusion Week. Mayor Michelle Kaufusi, elected last fall to fill the position vacated by the state’s…

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Policy Recommendations For Including People With Disabilities in the Cloud

Policy Receommendations For Including People With Disabilities in the Cloud

A Cloud for Global Good: A roadmap to a trusted, responsible, and inclusive cloud The opportunity Cloud computing offers significant benefits for people of all ages and abilities. It can empower people with visual, learning, age- related, mobility, hearing and speech disabilities to learn more effectively, engage and collaborate with others more easily, and express themselves more clearly. Cloud-based technologies…

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The Power of Disability Inclusion in the Technology and Entrepreneurial Sector

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The Power of Disability Inclusion in the Technology and Entrepreneurial Sector How Technology Startups Can Leverage Disability Inclusion and Become Relevant, Competitive and Gain an Unfair Advantage Image: A cartoon of six identical individuals dressed in business suits and sitting around a table with notepads and pen. At one end of the table, an individual is cupping his hand to…

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Why More Tech Companies Should Hire People With Disabilities | Inc.com

Why More Tech Companies Should Hire People With Disabilities | Inc.com

In recent months, Uber has shone a spotlight on the importance of cultivating diversity in tech, but there’s one aspect of diversity that remains largely untouched: Ability. People with disabilities–such as deafness, blindness, or conditions including autism and Asperger’s syndrome–comprise roughly 6 percent of the U.S. labor force, according to the most recent available data from the U.S. Census Bureau.…

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Tech Sector Could Make or Break Smart City Disability Inclusion

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One of the criticisms of the technology industry is that, by focusing on products and platforms, it has forgotten about people. Advocates for disability rights are adding that they want to see a greater commitment to disability inclusion in product development as well as global development. Last month, a group of civil society organizations published a call to action on Devex arguing…

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MIT Hackathon Tackles Accessibility Challenges

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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology recently hosted its annual Assistive Technology Hackathon (ATHack), an event that brings together people with disabilities and students from the graduate to Ph.D. level to work on prototypes for assistive tools. During this year’s multidisciplinary event, teams built “an accessible beanbag-toss game, a personalized blood pressure cuff, a portable and collapsible shower chair, battery and…

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Fostering Digital Inclusion In Smart Cities

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Cities capture people’s imaginations because they are a whirlwind of change, adaptation, and challenge. Cities change on almost a daily basis, with the influx and exit of commuters. To survive over time, cities have to adapt to economic change, migration patterns, and citizens’ needs. Cities also have to face society’s toughest problems—poverty, crime, homelessness, and more—all while delivering the public…

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WITH THE GROWTH OF SMART CITIES, HOW DO WE BUILD SMART CITIZENS TO MATCH?

Screenshot-2018-3-6 With the growth of smart cities, how do we build smart citizens to match – Calvium

With the growth of smart cities, how do we build smart citizens to match? Date Published: 1st March, 2018 When you work in a certain sector, there’s a tendency to assume everyone thinks like you; has the same knowledge. If you work in social media, you might presume everyone’s on Twitter, if you’re a footballer, you might expect everyone to…

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Talking Tech: Design Thinking for Accessibility

Talking Tech: Design Thinking for Accessibility: Associations Now

Talking Tech: Design Thinking for Accessibility     Accessible design enables people with disabilities to engage with digital products and services. Brightfind CEO Frank Klassen explains how associations can use design thinking principles to accommodate these users’ unique needs. Why should associations keep digital accessibility top of mind? One in five people in the United States has some sort of…

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Digital Accessibility is a Civil Rights Issue

Digital Accessibility is a Civil Rights Issue

begin main content area Protecting digital accessibility ensures equal rights for disabled people toolbar By Lainey Feingold January 2018 features pagination logic primary story image on first paginated page Lainey Feingold. As the world has moved online, so have disability rights. Disability community activists use social media to spread the message of equality, opportunity, justice and inclusion. Disabled people and…

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Putting Digital Equity in Smart Cities Front and Center – @routefifty

Putting Digital Equity in Cities Front and Center There are plenty of opportunities and challenges for municipal leaders who want to expand access to high-speed Internet in their communities. WASHINGTON — Providing Wi-Fi hotspot devices that can be checked out from libraries, connecting residents in public housing with high speed Google Fiber service and beaming down wireless Internet signals to…

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Austin Free-Net and the Digital Divide @austinfreenet

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What is the Digital Divide, and why should I care?  It’s hard to imagine that in a city like Austin there is still a large segment of the city that has no idea how to use a computer; however, even in this high tech mecca, the digital divide exists. The digital divide is a term that describes the disparity between…

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@NetInclusion 2018 | National Digital Inclusion Alliance

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Net Inclusion 2018 welcomes digital inclusion community practitioners, advocates, academics, Internet service providers, and policymakers to discuss local, state and federal policies and policy innovations impacting digital equity, sources of financial and programmatic support of digital inclusion programs, plus digital inclusion best practices from across the country. Net Inclusion 2018 will begin Tuesday, April 17th with pre-conference events in the…

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Smart City Digital Inclusion and Digital Equity | National Digital Inclusion Alliance

Smart City Digital Inclusion and Digital Equity | National Digital Inclusion Alliance

Digital Inclusion Digital Inclusion refers to the activities necessary to ensure that all individuals and communities, including the most disadvantaged, have access to and use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). This includes 5 elements: 1) affordable, robust broadband internet service; 2) internet-enabled devices that meet the needs of the user; 3) access to digital literacy training; 4) quality technical…

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Digital Inclusion – A White Paper

Digital Inclusion – A White Paper

This white paper will provide the reader with insight into the role technology plays for the full participation of persons with disabilities and older people in the digital society. The authors consider equal opportunities to participate in all realms of life a human right. The paper will help the reader to understand what the barriers to full digital inclusion for…

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7 Steps to Achieve Hotel Website Accessibility and ADA Compliance | Hotel Online

7 Steps to Achieve Hotel Website Accessibility and ADA Compliance | Hotel Online

By Max Starkov Background: There are approximately 48.9 million Americans with some form of disability. People with disabilities spend over $17.3 billion annually on travel, and the economic impact is at least double that figure since many of them travel with at least one or two other adults (Open Doors Organization). The vast majority of them use the Internet to plan…

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San Antonio Launches Smart City Committee On Digital Inclusion and Innovation

What ‘Smart City’ Means: San Antonio Launches Committee On Innovation, Technology | Texas Public Radio

San Antonio officials announced Tuesday night it had formed a new standing committee to address technology and innovation. break According to Mayor Ron Nirenberg, the innovation and technology committee will take on smart city goals, strategy for growing the cyber security industry, digital inclusion initiatives, open data and expanding municipal broadband access all under one roof. “We’ve been working in…

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