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Digital Equity

Digital equity is a cross-cutting theme for all CCL research. We believe that all young people should reap the benefits of new technologies for learning, creating, and connecting, but the reality is that more privileged youth tend to reap these advantages more successfully. Our educational programs and policies must address equity head-on in order to ensure that new technologies do not contribute to a widening equity gap. In Coding for All, we are working with the MIT Media Lab and Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society to bring the Scratch computer programming education environment to diverse populations and gear it towards young people’s interests. In our Leveling Up: Parenting Study, we are building tools to help non-dominant families connect with meaningful, interest-driven, low-cost educational opportunities right in their own neighborhoods. The CCL also partners with Institute for Money, Technology & Financial Inclusion (IMTFI) to consider how to support connected learning and digital inclusion in the Global South.

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