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Communications Expert To Discuss Minorities' Access To Information Technology

February 4, 2000 -- Larry Irving, a former assistant secretary of commerce, will discuss race and the Internet on Wednesday, Feb. 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the University of Virginia's Minor Hall. Sponsored by the Office of African-American Affairs, the talk, titled "Information Technology, Race and the 21st Century," is free and open to the public.

Irving will discuss racial and gender disparities in access to and use of information technology. He was President Clinton's top telecommunications adviser when the Commerce Department reported that a gap between low-income whites and low-income blacks who owned computers grew in the 1990s.

Irving initiated a survey that tracks access to telecommunications and information technologies, including telephones, computers and the Internet, across racial, economic and geographic lines. He also was a key proponent of policies to increase opportunities for minorities and women in the emerging digital economy.

After serving seven years in the Commerce Department, Irving has teamed up with former basketball player Magic Johnson in forming UrbanMagic.com, a company that encourages minorities to use the Internet.

Irving's talk is one of several events organized to celebrate African-American Heritage month.

For more information about this or other African-American Heritage Month activities, contact Neil Bynum at (804) 924-7923.

Contact: Katherine Jackson, (804) 924-3629

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SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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