Susan Crawford is the John A. Reilly Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. She is the author of Captive Audience: The Telecom Industry and Monopoly Power in the New Gilded Age, co-author of The Responsive City: Engaging Communities Through Data-Smart Governance, and a contributor to’s Backchannel. She served as Special Assistant to the President for Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy (2009) and co-led the FCC transition team between the Bush and Obama administrations. She also served as a member of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Advisory Council on Technology and Innovation and is now a member of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Broadband Task Force. Full Bio.

Professor Crawford will speak on the role of public regulation in helping or hindering equitable access to information technology in the U.S as the Net Inclusion Keynote at the Cleveland Public Library April 18th at 3:15 PM.

Maria Smith from Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society and Karen Heredia from the New Media Advocacy Project, will introduce “Dividing Lines,” a new video highlighting the impact of Internet access disparities in three American communities.

Crawford will then sit down with Bobby Coulter of Fresno Housing Authority and Elizabeth Lindsey of Byte Back. Representing NDIA’s local digital inclusion leaders, they will discuss how communities are addressing these disparities in the absence of Federal oversight and support.