Workforce Development and Technology 

OCA National is dedicated to ensuring that AAPIs civil rights are protected with the advancement of new technologies and the development of new policies. OCA strongly believes that as our country continues to digitize and create modern communications networks, it is pivotal that AAPIs shape the policies and regulations that create the framework for innovation. We believe that all Americans should have equitable access to modern communications networks, including mobile phones and broadband. Despite the data that says AAPIs are some of the earliest adopters of technology and have one of the highest rates of internet usage, we know that many within our community lack access to the internet. This lack of access can seriously impact educational attainment, income, and other socioeconomic opportunities.

Additionally, as we continue to talk about AAPI representation in media, OCA believes that we must have regulations that promote diverse media ownership and minority programmers. In order to have our representation, we must ensure that our policies reduce barriers for AAPIs to create content and promote diverse narratives.

Workforce Development:

  • Ensure technology is accessible to AAPI communities including the continental US and territories (American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands).

  • Increase opportunities for low-income AAPIs through programs and initiatives that will provide broadband access and digital literacy training

  • Mandate oversampling and reporting of disaggregated AAPI broadband adoption and usage data through the National Telecommunications and Information Agency (NTIA).

  • Ensure there is no discrimination based on any data collected for AAPIs

Technology Policy:

  • Reject efforts to weaken the ConnectEd or Lifeline programs.

  • Transparency on the collection of consumer and student data and their privacy protections

  • Language access and translations in the AAPI languages that individuals routinely use to interact with online companies

  • Require expanded data collection and studies on media ownership diversity.

  • Adopt rules that expand the ownership diversity of traditional and new media, including long-overdue rules to improve data collection on broadcast ownership by women and people of color

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