Dr. Nicol Turner-Lee has extensive expertise and knowledge in several areas spanning the social sciences, policy, education, and technology. Dr. Turner-Lee dissects some of the root causes of inequity and social stratification in technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning. More specifically, she speaks about the risks and opportunities of the digital divide for Americans.
Dr. Turner-Lee’s educational background is in Sociology, which immediately drew me to learn more about her interest in technology. Besides being a sociologist, she is a senior fellow and the director of the Center for Technology Innovation at the Brookings Institution and serves as Co-Editor-In-Chief of TechTank. What interests me the most is her national and global work to deploy broadband networks and governance, reducing barriers to technology and creating meaningful change for communities.
As we continue to navigate a digital world that none of us quite understands in its entirety, we are faced with inequities that are sometimes embedded in the systems or technologies themselves. Dr. Turner-Lee speaks through a lens of intersectionality, looking at race, income, and technology and how they relate to access for populations who are often and consistently disadvantaged, particularly those of colour, low income, and older individuals.
There are many connections between Dr. Turner-Lee’s work and the education technology field regarding safe and equitable access to digital information. A recently published article titled “Ensuring Equitable Access to AR/VR in Higher Education” looks at access in terms of resources, skills, and the competing responsibilities of introducing technology into some classrooms. I have embedded several links to Dr. Nicol Turner-Lee’s work throughout this post; please enjoy.
Turner Lee, N, Ray, R, Lai, S & Tanner, B. (2022, September 6). Ensuring Equitable Access to AR/VR in Higher Education. TechTank. https://www.brookings.edu/blog/techtank/2022/09/06/ensuring-equitable-access-to-ar-vr-in-higher-education/
Turner Lee, N. (2020, August 24). Tech, Privacy, and Bias in the COVID Era (with Dr. Nicol Turner Lee, Brookings, TechTank) [Video file]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHnz9l8qJmE
Turner-Lee, N. (2016, December). CV Nicol Turner-Lee. The Brookings Institution, Center for Technology Innovation. https://www.brookings.edu/experts/nicol-turner-lee/
Turner Lee, N. (n.d.). Nicol Turner Lee. The Brookings Institution. https://www.brookings.edu/experts/nicol-turner-lee/