Events held at this year’s Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s (CBCF) Annual Legislative Conference emphasized the need to engage more African Americans in the nation’s digital economy and encourage them to use technology for self-advancement.
“I believe that technology is one of the most dynamic tools for empowering individuals in society. Our economy and society are becoming increasingly digital,” said U.S. Rep. Henry C. “Hank” Johnson (D-GA), the honorary guest at the CBC panel “Beyond the Digital Divide: Capitalizing on the Technology Economy.”
“I think it’s important, particularly for this generation, for people need to really know and understand the power they have in their hands and their homes to change their lives,” said Jamal Simmons, moderator of the panel and co-chair of the Internet Innovation Alliance.
Simmons highlighted some of the ways technology is transforming society in the education, employment, healthcare, and small business sectors. He also spoke about how public policy and the high-tech industry are responding to the growing use of broadband technology by American consumers.