Public Safety Created

#80 Technology Access Map

The city is working on a Civil Rights Strategic Plan, and planning-related research has uncovered inequitable access to technology and capital in the city's neighborhoods (see https://technology.baltimorecity.gov/sites/default/files/BCIT%20Strategic%20Plan%20Final%207.10.18.pdf). The Strategic Plan can't propose a solution to inequitable access to technology and capital without clear and accurate data about where residents are most impacted.

Champion Name

Darnell Ingram

Location

City-wide

Timeline

Jun 28, 2022

Today

Aug 16, 2019

Created

Why it matters

In the digital age, a lack of access to technology also means a lack of access to resources for job hunting, education, civic engagement, and community involvement. For example, students in Baltimore and the surrounding counties who do not have internet at home because of poverty, housing instability, or lack of infrastructure often struggle to complete homework assignments, use supplemental learning resources, or do research at home. Such students may not even have adequate devices at school, and they may not have the money or transportation needed to access public libraries with free WiFi. Understanding where and how a lack of technology impacts city residents will give the city a path toward finding solutions.

What does "good" look like?

Good looks like a more equitable, technologically connected Baltimore.

How could technology solve this?

Maps can be used to visually display wealth and technological disparities in the city and be adjusted in near real-time as things change.