Many cities are digital, but few are digital and inclusive. That is the way Brookings has done a set of analyses this year on the uneven spread of digital tasks and skills across the economy, with special attention to the representation of women and minorities in that work. More often than not, these groups remain underrepresented in the occupations and industries that are key to individual and regional prosperity.
And yet in some places, women, people of color, and workers without a college degree are actually doing notably better than the norm in tech. Perhaps local culture is the reason. Perhaps it has to do with the nature of local institutions or the existence of vibrant and longstanding peer networks or active efforts to promote inclusion. Regardless of the cause, some places are achieving a higher degree of digital inclusion.