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Partnership Aims To Close Digital Divide

ATLANTA-- The Alliance for Digital Equality (ADE), a nonprofit organization that provides broadband solutions and broadband related services to underserved and un-served communities, and Latinos in Information Science and Technology Association (LISTA), the nation's leading organization of Latino technology professionals, are excited to announce a partnership to facilitate digital empowerment initiatives.  

The strategic alliance of ADE and LISTA combines the collective skills, knowledge and experience of two diverse technology-based organizations, enabling them to work together to facilitate digital advocacy, digital literacy, job creation and economic development in regards to digital empowerment initiatives.  In particular, the MSI Wireless Technology Act, the Workforce Investment Act, the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA), among others.  

"We are forming this partnership right now because this is a pivotal time in the race to close the digital divide.  Access to affordable high-speed Internet and broadband technology is a stepping stone to the opportunities of economic prosperity," saidJulius H. Hollis, Chairman of ADE.  "As we focus on turning our economy around, we must make sure that those Americans currently in un-served and underserved communities are not left behind and further marginalized in this economy."

"Both ADE and LISTA have worked hard individually to provide and enhance digital empowerment opportunities for communities of color, now as LISTA joins ADE's Board of Directors we will combine our unique strengths and expand our reach," said Jose Marquez, President and CEO of Latinos in Information Sciences and Technology Association.  "This will strengthen our ability to make a difference.  I am very excited to work with the ADE leadership team to further these important goals."

Together, ADE and LISTA will pursue initiatives in order to increase Latino and African American employment opportunities within American based information sciences, telecommunication, and technology industries.  The partners will target project opportunities that make technology applications available to communities of color for educational purposes, for job training and development, and to enable fuller participation in the learning, civic engagement and cultural opportunities afforded jointly or separately by ADE-LISTA utilizing online technologies.

"As part of the LISTA/ADE Partnership, we will conduct a series of surveys of African Americans and Latinos in the tech sector to measure which tech companies are leading the way in corporate responsibility relative to their Latino and African American inclusion in higher management within their company.  While Latinos have made strides there are areas in the tech industry we still have little to no representation, boards, upper management and key decision making positions are still scarce at some of the most successful tech companies, we can't ignore Latinos in high tech anymore, it is just bad business," said Marquez.

About The Alliance for Digital Equality

The Alliance for Digital Equality (ADE), headquartered in Atlanta, GA, is a national, non-profit consumer advocacy organization that serves to facilitate and ensure equal access to technology in underserved and un-served communities.  The Alliance also serves as a bridge between policymakers and minority individuals in order to help the public understand how legislative and regulatory policies regarding new technologies can impact and empower their daily lives. 

About Latinos in Information Science and Technology Association (LISTA)

LISTA promotes the utilization of the technology sectors for the empowerment of the Latino community. We are an organization that is committed to bringing various elements of Technology under one central hub to facilitate our partners, members and the community with the leverage and education they need to succeed in a highly advanced technologically driven society. LISTA Mission is to educate, motivate and encourage the use of technology in the Latino community and empowering them to bridge the digital divide.



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