Jeffrey Tignor – A Roadmap for Fostering Digital Civic Engagement in Local CommunitiesCITP Luncheon Series
Jeff is Special Counsel in the Broadband Division of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission and is a Visiting Research Collaborator with CITP. Jeff has been working to identify communities that are using digital technology effectively to solve local problems and pinpointing some of the factors that make these communities successful. In today’s talk, he will highlight key principles that communities should be considering when they evaluate whether they are using the Internet and wireless technology effectively to communicate about civic issues. While some of the principles that he will discuss apply to governments, others relate to citizens’ own technology use. Jeff will also touch on some specific challenges in particular communities, discuss potential solutions and say a few words about the benefits of digital technology in fostering engagement among young people and influencing the civic process for the next generation.
Jeff is Special Counsel in the Broadband Division of the Wireless Telecommunications Bureau at the Federal Communications Commission. Reflecting his interest in the ability of wireless technologies to foster civic engagement in local communities, Jeff was a member of the FCC Working Group on the Information Needs of Communities, working primarily on the Wireless and Diversity chapters of the Commission’s 2011 report. He is also interested in the role of both licensed and unlicensed spectrum in meeting consumers’ demand for spectrum. Prior to joining the FCC, Jeff was an Associate and Member of the Hiring Committee at Dickstein Shapiro in Washington, DC. He was also awarded a patent for inventing a new-style container for dispensing liquids. Jeff holds an A.B. in Government from Harvard and a law degree from Duke.