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Educational Impact of Digital Redlining – Podcast Episode 232 | Classnotes Podcast 232

Classnotes Podcast (February 6, 2023). Public school investment has largely mirrored investment in parts of communities or certain neighborhoods. The discriminatory practice of redlining occurred when particular neighborhoods were marked as risky investments. Those neighborhoods had significant populations of people of color and families with low incomes. The redlining is illegal, most communities have not recovered or experienced new investment.

Digital redlining carries forward these inequities among marginalized groups through real access to affordable technology, digital content and broadband Internet. In this episode, Thomas Marshall III talks with Jordana Barton, vice president of community investments with Methodist Healthcare Ministries, about digital redlining and the fact that scarcity is a false assumption. The problem affects everyone and can be solved today.

Show length: 25:26 min

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IDRA’s Digital Equity – Online Technical Assistance Toolkit

In the Red – Drawing the Line on Digital Redlining Practices – Webinar

Digital Destination – Texas Needs Broadband Connectivity for All Students & Families, report by Thomas Marshall & Christina Quintanilla-Muñoz

The Parallel Roads to Digital and Racial Justice, article by Christina Quintanilla-Muñoz, M.Ed., IDRA Newsletter, October 2022

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Show Notes

  • Jordana gives an overview of digital redlining and explains how it perpetuates the cycle of poverty, particularly among people of color and those in families with low incomes.

  • Jordana explains why the underlying assumption of Internet access as a luxury, rather than essential infrastructure for all, is wrong and how that view drives the digital divide even wider.

  • Jordana argues for the role of local governments in eradicating digital redlining and enacting solutions that “we actually know how to solve.”