DeVan Hankerson

Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainable Growth in STEM Industries

March 8, 2016

Tweet At Dialogue on Diversity’s recent Internet Data Privacy Colloquium, MMTC Research Director DeVan Hankerson delivered a presentation on diversity in STEM education and employment, titled “Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainable Growth in STEM Industries.” Her full presentation is below, and a PDF is available here. Issue Under Review: STEM Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainable […]

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Let’s Move Swiftly to Permanently Eliminate Wireless Taxes and Bridge the Digital Divide

May 7, 2015

Tweet Last December, Congress supported a moratorium on Internet access taxes by extending the Internet Tax Freedom Act (ITFA), a ban on state and local taxation of the Internet that would inflate the cost of access.  Unfortunately, this is only a temporary fix as the legislation is set to expire this October. The original moratorium […]

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MMTC President and CEO Kim Keenan Speaks on the Net Neutrality Order

April 22, 2015

Tweet This month, Kim Keenan, President and CEO of The Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC), spoke on the Federal Communications Bar Association (FCBA) CLE Seminar panel, “Understanding Net Neutrality and the Path Ahead,” moderated by former FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell. The panel discussion focused on the recent FCC Open Internet Order’s impact on […]

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Unfinished Business: Technology Policy Wins in 2014 and Wishes for 2015

January 31, 2015

Tweet The 114th Congress is now far more Republican than it has been since 2006, which is the last time there was a Republican majority. The additional GOP seats in both the House and the Senate, particularly on committees handling technology policy issues, generate a lot of interest among technology issue advocates, think tanks, and […]

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Getting to Equal in Silicon Valley

December 31, 2014

Tweet This September, the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council (MMTC) urged that the Federal Communications Commission assign its Advisory Committee for Diversity in the Digital Age (Diversity Committee) the task of investigating the causes behind troubling employment patterns and practices in high tech sector firms.  As high tech firms reveal dismal track records of diversity […]

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What’s Next for the Internet Tax Freedom Act?

December 19, 2014

Tweet Just before Congress adjourned for winter recess, the House approved a $1.1 trillion spending bill that also included an extension of the Internet Tax Freedom Act (ITFA), which prohibits states from imposing taxes on Internet access. The ITFA had been previously given a temporary extension to December 11, 2014, but last week it was […]

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Creating Pathways to Higher Education and Career Service Part II: The Racial STEM Gap

October 22, 2014

Tweet This month, MMTC Research Director DeVan Hankerson spoke at the National Action Network on “Creating Pathways to Higher Education and Career Service.” With other panelists, DeVan discussed inequality in broadband access in schools and how technology is changing career options, education, and skills preparation for students. We present her remarks in a two-part series […]

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Creating Pathways to Higher Education and Career Service Part I: The Looming U.S. Skills Shortage

October 15, 2014

Tweet This month, MMTC Research Director DeVan Hankerson spoke at the National Action Network on “Creating Pathways to Higher Education and Career Service.” With other panelists, DeVan discussed inequality in broadband access in schools and how technology is changing career options, education, and skills preparation for students. We present her adapted remarks in a two-part […]

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The New Faces of Silicon Valley: MMTC Investors Forum Provides Key Access to Capital Advice for Tech Entrepreneurs

August 15, 2014

Tweet The Minority Media and Telecommunications Council is dedicated to improving opportunity for minority and women entrepreneurs. At this year’s Access to Capital and Telecom Policy Conference, MMTC held an Investors Forum to educate budding and established entrepreneurs on investment opportunities that could benefit their businesses. The discussion centered on creative capital and the latest […]

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Rainbow PUSH’s Broadband Everything Panel Highlights Internet Impact on Seniors, STEM Education, and Economic Opportunities: Part II

November 27, 2013

Tweet Part II of a two-part series. On November 15th, the Rainbow PUSH Coalition held its annual Public Policy, Media & Telecom Symposium, featuring an informative “Tele-everything” panel on the broad implications of broadband technology in the energy, education, and health sectors.  The panel focused on the main benefits and barriers to broadband adoption, as […]

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