Expert To Discuss Minorities' Access To Information Technology
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.
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.
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.
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.
talk is one of several events organized to celebrate African-American
more information about this or other African-American Heritage Month
activities, contact Neil Bynum at (804) 924-7923.
Katherine Jackson, (804) 924-3629