Digital Equity Lab: Technology, Design, and the Policy Landscape

Schools of Public Engagement: Milano General Curriculum

Non-Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

Digital Equity Lab

Fall 2019

Taught By: Maya Wiley

Section: A

CRN: 4183

Credits: 3

Technological development is radically changing how we receive and share information, how we interact with one another, what jobs we are creating, and even how our major institutions, like government, function. From "smart cities" to applications for artificial intelligence, society is in the midst of a paradigmatic shift. The implications are enormous. Cities like New York are inundated with sales pitches from private companies promising the "Internet of Things" to support efficiencies. And few are yet coming to terms with the impacts that application driven technologies and artificial intelligence are and will have on low income and communities of color. How will innovation impact equity? Are there tools or strategies that will serve cities as they grapple with bringing disinvested communities into the digital age? How equitable will "Smart cities" be as cities focus on efficiencies and information collection? And how will all of this relate to the rapidly changing tech sector? Digital Equity is a critical social justice issue of central importance to cities. It requires ensuring that everyone in our society has equal access to technology tools, but also that communities can consider these implications for their development and inclusion and that regulators consider their implications for driving solutions to social problems. Through discussions with City government officials and local and non-profit community leaders, students will develop a set of questions on digital equity to answer and submit to the Mayor's Office and elected leaders to shape strategies for digital inclusion at the local level. Skills sets students will develop include engagement design and strategies, strategic analysis and multi-media persuasive presentation of ideas. Permission required: please email Maya Wiley at

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: Milano General Curriculum (NMIL)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 15

Enrollment Status: Open*

*Enrollment status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 3:41am 7/22/2019

Meeting Info:

Days: Tuesday

Times: 6:00pm - 7:50pm

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 1102

Date Range: 8/27/2019 - 12/10/2019