The Future of Broadband, Security and Privacy for LGBT Communities

Updated: Oct 6, 2020

One of the most frequent reactions I get when I mention to people that I co-founded a nonprofit dedicated to addressing the technology issues of LGBT communities is bewilderment and surprise that LGBT communities would have specific concerns related to technology that differ from those of other communities. It is not an altogether unfair reaction, as, at first blush, it doesn’t seem like LGBT people would interact with technology any differently than their heterosexual counterparts would. However, it is precisely as a result of this reaction that I decided to launch the LGBT Technology Partnership. As a matter of fact, LGBT communities do indeed have very specific concerns and issues that wholly differ from those of other communities, and it is our goal to educate the general public as well as relevant policy makers and industry leaders on these issues to ensure that those concerns are included and addressed in any policy conversations about technology.

To that end, this month the LGBT Technology Partnership is extremely proud to launch a series of daily blog posts meant to spur discussion about these issues, written by experts in their fields and culminating in the first-ever LGBT public policy forum addressing key technology areas affecting LGBT communities, with a keynote address by Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner Ajit Pai. This year’s forum will revolve around two major areas: the impact of the national broadband plan on LGBT communities, and online security, confidentiality and privacy issues for LGBT communities. In early 2009 Congress directed the FCC to develop a national broadband plan to ensure that every American has “access to broadband capability.” Congress also requ