What is Digital Inclusion?

Components of Digital Inclusion

  1. Promoting the value of a connected life
  2. Providing access to computers and devices
  3. Providing convenient access to a stable and robust Internet connection
  4. 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
  • Voting
  • 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:

  1. Work with a local Internet Service Provider, many of whom offer plans for low-income persons
  2. Provide mobile or semi-mobile hotspots for use in the home
  3. Establish secure and robust wireless internet networks across the city.
  4. Provide public computer and Internet access through a network of public libraries and community learning spaces

What are Essential Digital Life Skills?

  • Email
  • Search
  • Health/medical information
  • Government services
  • Job applications
  • Social networking
  • Music & Video
  • Online Shopping
  • Online learning

Resources for Practitioners