First in Future: Amy Huffman and Dawn Gibson

Summary: Back to school is back, but this year it is complicated. Universities are trying to have at least face-to-face classes, but it’s not clear that’s going to work out. About 70% of public school students are starting their year totally online. It’s been a rollercoaster few months for folks across the world, around the country and throughout North Carolina, as we ask them to figure out how to move big chunks of their lives online from their homes. Figure out how you can take care of your health from home. Figure out how you can work from home. Figure out how you can learn from home.
Our guests on this episode are two people working on two very different parts of the problem. Amy Huffman is the Digital Inclusion Manager for the state Broadband Infrastructure Office. Her job is to figure out how to overcome the challenges we have getting every student, every adult worker, every senior citizen online. Dr. Dawn Gibson is the founder of Peletah Ministries in Craven County. Among a lot of other projects, she’s trying to figure out how to get individuals able to take full advantage of the Internet.

*This episode of First in Future was recorded on Tuesday, August 18th, and reflects information that was up-to-date at that time.*

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