Twitter CEO Throws $10 Million Behind Effort to Bridge Oakland’s Digital Divide
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey says he will donate $10 million to the “Oakland Undivided” campaign. The effort, launched by the City of Oakland and its school district, seeks to close the academic achievement gap by providing computer and internet access to 25,000 students.
$10mm to give EVERY single child in Oakland access to a laptop and internet in their homes, closing the digital divide. Heard Mayor @LibbySchaaf and @OUSDNews’ call and funding immediately. Thank you! https://t.co/BBqFZHtS4I— jack (@jack) May 15, 2020
Dorsey’s announcement came one day after mayor Libby Schaaf and Oakland Unified Superintendent Kyla Johnson-Trammell held a press conference about their mission. Other companies and organizations helping with the effort include the Oakland Public Education Fund, Salesforce, the Golden State Warriors, Amazon, and the Oakland COVID-19 Relief Fund
“What an incredible and incredibly generous gift,” said Johnson-Trammell Friday. “Jack Dorsey leads one of the most consequential technology firms in the world, so he understands well the need for our young people to have access to a computer and the internet at home. Students open to a limitless world of information at school and at home, and becoming more adept at using technology, is what we all want. We thank Jack Dorsey for joining the effort to make that a reality for all young people in Oakland.”