Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment
The agenda at this meeting will feature a report from each of the Committee's Working Groups.
- The Digital Empowerment and Inclusion Working Group will report on its assessment of access, adoption, and use of broadband and new technologies by under-resourced communities, and its recent workshop on supplier diversity for small, female- and minority-owned entrepreneurs, which included one-on-one networking opportunities.
- The Diversity in Tech Working Group will report on its examination of issues pertaining to hiring, promotion, and retention of women and minorities in tech industries, and its research to develop a ‘‘best practices’’ guide for employers in the tech sector.
- The Broadcast Diversity and Development Working Group will report on the status of the broadcast incubator proceeding and the working group’s involvement in that effort to increase broadcast ownership opportunities for small business and new entrants, including those owned by women and minorities. In addition, the working group will provide an update on its ongoing initiatives to examine diversity and inclusion in broadcast employment and management.
The Committee’s mission is to provide recommendations to the FCC on how to empower disadvantaged communities and accelerate the entry of small businesses, including those owned by women and minorities, into the media, digital news and information, and audio and video programming industries, including as owners, suppliers, and employees. The Committee will provide recommendations on how to ensure that disadvantaged communities are not denied the wide range of opportunities made possible by next-generation networks and develop best practices regarding training and hiring opportunities for women and minorities to encourage diversity in the tech industry.