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Nearly half the city’s residents who lack access to fiber optic internet are in Brooklyn

Dig into that dataset and more at an event hosted by the Mayor's Office next weekend that aims to increase digital access.

If the recent election cycle has stoked a desire to up your civic engagement, here’s an event for you.

On Saturday, Nov. 19, the Brooklyn Public Library’s Central Library will be hosting a “broadband data dig” hackathon, which is sponsored by the Mayor’s Office of Technology and Innovation, the Ford Foundation and Horowitz Research.

Through the event, city officials hope to get insights and recommendations from residents into possible strategies to expand and improve upon the city’s internet access, Joshua Breitbart, the mayor’s senior advisor for broadband, told (We profiled Breitbart, a born-and-bred Brooklynite, this summer.)

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