The following essay was originally published in The Philadelphia Inquirer in collaboration with Drexel University’s Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation as part of Rebuilding Philly, a series of commentary articles written by Drexel faculty and professional staff related to the COVID-19 pandemic and racial and economic equity gaps in Philadelphia. It was written by Youngmoo Kim, PhD, director of the Expressive and Creative Interaction Technologies Center and professor of electrical and computer engineering in the College of Engineering.

The sudden transition to remote learning due to the pandemic brought long-overdue attention to the digital divide, particularly the number of families without home broadband internet. In Philadelphia, the phrase “Parking Lot WiFi”…

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