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May 12 - Equity and Infrastructure: A Discussion on the State of Digital Inclusion in KC

National Digital Inclusion Week is an opportunity to raise awareness about digital inequities and nationwide efforts to close those gaps. Throughout the week, May 8-13, organizations will host events and awareness efforts around different themes of digital inclusion, ramping up to a virtual panel discussion on May 12 with some of the national leaders in digital inclusion.

Interview with John Horrigan of the Pew Research Center

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's New 1MillionProject

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.

Read the Digital Inclusion Summit Report

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.