Digital Citizens and Communities

Digital Citizens and Communities

Access and use of digital technologies and information, and impacts for individuals and communities



Venture Forward: The project is a collaboration between, the University of Iowa and ASU.  It examines the density of “ventures” (domain name websites) as a measure of digital participation in communities throughout the US.  It captures local economic activity not accounted for in small business statistics or other government data.  The project examines the relationship between venture density and local prosperity and opportunity across counties and metropolitan regions using a dataset of 20 million GoDaddy customers in the US.

Executive Summary

White Paper:  A New Measure of Digital Participation and Its Impact on Economic Opportunity


Venture Forward website and data with interactive maps

From ConnectHome to Smart Public Housing:  Evaluation of the Phoenix ConnectHome program for discounted broadband, computers and training; and planning for smart housing initiatives, with Joanna Lucio (PI) and Karen Mossberger (co-PI).  Evaluation includes a field experiment with tablets, surveys and focus groups on broadband use.  Collaboration with City of Phoenix Housing Department.

Broadband Data Portal: University of Iowa and Arizona State University.  Data and repository supported by National Science Foundation Broadband Community Capacity program award #1338471, available in the menu above.  Also available on Harvard Dataverse.  The state, county, metro and city data posted here offer unique data over time, from 1997 to 2016.  Through the use of multilevel models, estimates were created for these subnational geographies based on large-sample surveys of the U.S. Bureau of the Census – the Current Population Survey Internet Supplement (1997-2012) and the American Community Survey (2013-onward). The data show substantial and persistent disparities across communities in the US, both urban and rural.



World Bank.  Karen Mossberger, Moderator, Challenges of Digital Access to Rights:  A Confrontation of Two Visions (French Digital Agency and Paris Bar Association), Law, Justice and Development Week 2019 – Rights, Technology and Development.  World Bank, November 2019, Washington, DC., Keynote Address.  Mapping Digital Inequalities Symposium. Policy Implications of Place-Based Digital Inequalities.  Karen Mossberger (with Caroline Tolbert and Scott LaCombe).  October 2019, Sao Paulo, Brazil.


University of Sao Paulo, Department of Political Science. Inequality, Opportunity and Digital Human Capital (with Caroline Tolbert and Kellen Gracey).  October 2019, Sao Paulo, Brazil.


North Carolina Goodwill, Inc., TechKnow Summit.  Digital Skills and Community Prosperity (with Caroline Tolbert and Scott LaCombe).  Keynote Address by video. October 2019, Greensboro, NC.


Telecommunications Policy Research Conference, American University.  Mossberger, Karen, Caroline Tolbert and Scott LaCombe.  Mapping Digital Community Capacity. September 2019, Washington, D.C.

National Digital Inclusion Alliance, Net Inclusion Annual Conference, Keynote Address.  How Broadband Adoption Affects Community Prosperity and Opportunity.  Karen Mossberger (with Caroline Tolbert and Scott LaCombe).  April 2019, Charlotte, NC. 


County Treasurers, National Association of Counties Annual Conference.  Continuing Education for County Treasurers.  Bridging the Digital Divide:  For Citizen Engagement, Governance and Economic Opportunity.  March 2019, Washington, DC.


Texas Technical University, Master of Public Administration Speaker Series. How Broadband Adoption Affects Community Prosperity and Opportunity.  February 2019, Lubbock, TX.