Coalition members Rick Usher and McClain Bryant presented a Digital Equity Plan to the City Council on Feb. 2. The City is currently accepting comments on the plan which is comprised of the following elements:
- Access to Affordable Broadband, Devices and Digital Literacy Training
- Internet Use for Education
- Internet Use to Promote Civic Responsibility
- Internet Use to Promote Employment
- Internet Use for Business and Job Creation
- Collaboration to Promote Digital Equity Priorities
You can read and comment on the six program elements on My Sidewalk.
The Public Libraries podcast recently posted on episode closely tied to our work on digital readiness:
"PLA Deputy Executive Director Larra Clark talks with John B. Horrigan of the Pew Research Center about his report, "Digital Readiness Gaps," which finds that just over half of American adults have low levels of readiness to use digital tools as they pursue lifelong learning."
Sprint recently announced that it was stepping up in a big way to provide connectivity and devices to a million low-income students who lack a home internet connection. Working with anchor institutions in cities across the country, they will provide free devices and a free 3GB data plan to eligible children. While most digital inclusion practitioners have expressed some concern about the data cap and the reliance on nonprofits to manage them program locally, there is near universal acknowledgement that this is a step in the right direction for our hometown provider.
Did you know that 13% of Americans *only* have access to the Internet through smartphones? New research from Monica Anderson and John Horrigan, presenter at Digital Inclusion KC 2016, sheds light on some problematic aspects of smartphone penetration and the consequences reliance on a mobile device.
Read the Pew Center report, "Smartphones help those without broadband get online, but don’t necessarily bridge the digital divide"
Want to learn more about the Kansas City Public Library's "Hotspots for Learning" initiative? A great article by Ted Hesson was featured in the National Journal today. You can read the article in full here: http://www.nationaljournal.com/s/616831
"The program, expected to be announced Tuesday, will offer about 10,000 Wi-Fi units through branches of the New York Public Library, the Queens Library and the Brooklyn Public Library, funded partly with a $1 million donation from Google Inc. "
The final report from the Digital Inclusion Summit in October will be presented at the Town Hall on January 16, 2015. This report serves to capture and organize the feedback, ideas and discussions that took place. It sets the stage for the development of a formal organization that is charged with solving the Digital Divide in Kansas City and establishes guiding principles and strategies.
Organizers of the 2014 Kansas City Digital Inclusion Summit — a first-of-its-kind event addressing troublesome gaps in residents’ access to computers and the Internet — return three months after that daylong gathering to deliver their official report.
The October summit examined trends, discussed challenges and opportunities, spotlighted current inclusion efforts, and shared best practices. Since then civic leaders and other individuals and organizations have been exploring ways to bridge Kansas City's digital divide by providing better Internet access and quality tech education.
The town hall meeting also features an announcement of a new digital inclusion coalition and presentation of an action plan.
Co-presented by the Kansas City Digital Inclusion Coalition.