What is Digital Inclusion?
Components of Digital Inclusion
- Promoting the value of a connected life
- Providing access to computers and devices
- Providing convenient access to a stable and robust Internet connection
- Teaching digital literacy skills
The Value of a Connected Life
Understanding and using the Internet is an important component of being a citizen in today's world. People engage with technology in order to accomplish vital tasks such as:
- Applying for a job
- Paying bills
- Signing up for Government services
- Staying in touch with friends and family
- And much more...
Computers and Devices
Local public libraries, community centers and other organizations offer free access to computers during open hours. A key element of digital inclusion is also ensuring that people have a pathway to owning their own computers. A number of local organizations provide low-cost, refurbished machines for sale to the public. Connecting for Good offers computers for as low as $50 to low income persons who complete their Digital Life Skills course.
A Stable & Robust Internet Connection
Our goal is to provide a broadband connection in or very close to people's homes. There are several ways to accomplish this:
- Work with a local Internet Service Provider, many of whom offer plans for low-income persons
- Provide mobile or semi-mobile hotspots for use in the home
- Establish secure and robust wireless internet networks across the city.
- Provide public computer and Internet access through a network of public libraries and community learning spaces
What are Essential Digital Life Skills?
- Health/medical information
- Government services
- Job applications
- Social networking
- Music & Video
- Online Shopping
- Online learning