High-speed Internet can connect remote communities, help coordinate and streamline healthcare services, enable children with unparalleled access to learning opportunities, and spark and support innovation in numerous fields. The University of Illinois at Chicago College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs has formed an interdisciplinary group of academics, policymakers, and practitioners that will work to provide insight into the social and economic impacts of broadband technologies to maximize their potential benefits. A brochure released by the group states that federal and state policymakers have an opportunity to advance public policy goals by supporting evaluation of broadband innovations across places, policy areas, and over the long term.
Community & Economic Development
The Foundation supports prevention of youth violence and the use of information technology to enhance governance, the social sector, and quality of life. MacArthur is exploring new ways to understand the challenges faced by cities around the world, and how to plan, manage, and govern to address them.